Are you sharing more data with Google than you have to?

Whether your concerns are privacy, security, competitive advantage, intellectual property or risk avoidance, your enterprise needs to be sharing — literally — as little data as possible with employees, contractors and third parties. As obvious as that statement is, it’s stunning how much data is unnecessarily shared with cloud providers and others.

There are two reasons for this. First, the time and effort needed to be remove data that the third party doesn’t truly need from the data that is needed can make the ROI seem unattractive. This is especially true when executives play down the risk of anything bad happening.

As in “I’m probably safe trusting Google/Microsoft/Amazon/Rackspace, etc.” Really? Even if you choose to assume that their security is stellar — it isn’t — what about competitive issues? Are you really willing to trust that they will handle your data with your best interests at heart?

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