Dynamic Data Security in SharePoint

SharePoint is an excellent platform to leverage for collaboration. The problem is that with so many security requirements across an organization, it is nearly impossible to keep up with all the demands for file permissions without impacting collaboration flexibility. IT administrators continuously receive requests to modify file and user permissions that are in direct conflict with requests to adhere to compliance policies and security requirements. Complicating file security matters further are requests to:

  • Secure files at rest and in motion
  • Manage mixed SharePoint environments and versions
  • Roll-out a “Bring Your Own Devices” (BYOD) policy
  • Implement cloud-based applications to access sensitive files
  • Accommodate mobile users and external collaborators
  • Adhere to changing global security regulations
  • Prevent users from resorting to unsecured “shadow IT systems” to share files

Everyone is looking for an easier way to secure SharePoint without overburdening IT staff or overly restricting end users. It’s a balancing act between ensuring security while enabling collaboration. And it’s tough to decide which is more important:

  • Meeting compliance requirements and government regulations
  • Maintaining certifications in SharePoint environments
  • Employee productivity

This white paper proposes a new model for SharePoint security that enables collaboration without compromising security. This document will show why dynamic security is so important to secure SharePoint. By reading this paper, SharePoint administrators will gain a better understanding of how they can apply user and file context to drive dynamic policy-based SharePoint security.