Recent news from Intralinks is just the latest where the security of Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) vendors, like Box and Dropbox, are questioned. The EFSS rival reports that that generating links to share documents can put sensitive data at risk through several basic flaws. Once a link is generated to only be accessible by trusted sources, it turns out that it can actually be viewed by third parties (aka not the people you want accessing it). Intralinks said they discovered the vulnerability as part of Google AdWords research.
While the companies are scrambling to address the issue and patch the flaw (at time of publishing Dropbox had issued a fix), it presents the opportunity to once again distinguish EFSS from Managed File Transfer. We spend a lot of time talking about this with customers and prospective clients and recently developed a White Paper and blog post on the topic. Check them out and let us know what you think.