Following Hack, Dropbox Adds Security Already Found in Most Enterprises

Posted by ownCloud GmbH – 1. August 2012

I’m sure most of you spotted the news a couple weeks back about the spam attack on Dropbox users. Now, an internal Dropbox investigation reveals that indeed user accounts were hijacked and they are adding new security features.

“Dropbox is taking a number of steps, which they laid out in the post. We’ve shared them below:

  • Two-factor authentication, a way to optionally require a unique code in addition to your password when signing in. (Coming in a few weeks)
  • New automated mechanisms to help identify suspicious activity. We’ll continue to add more of these over time.
  • A new page that lets you examine all active logins to your account.
  • In some cases, we may require you to change your password. (For example, if it’s commonly used or hasn’t been changed in a while)”

It is always a bad thing when personal data is compromised and we do not want to engage in too much “Schadenfreude“. However looking at the above it seems that:

– This is exactly what most large and mid-size enterprises are already doing with web service access they run, in their own data center

– Those are standard procedures called Identity Management

By seamlessly integrating into these existing procedures ownCloud is capable of immediately allowing cloud service-based access to files, while under full control by IT and security procedures companies mandate.

This is top of mind of the prospects and partners I talk to on a daily basis: Security and Integration paired with the ease-of-use and the ability to brand a solution to be the “ABC Bank Drive” and represent the corporate identity so employees and partners can attach themselves to the service and love to work with it.

Those advantages plus the flexibible open source nature of ownCloud make it so interesting to talk with our partners or us directly about ownCloud.

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