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Compare OneDrive with CTERA

Get the Facts on Ultra Secure File Sharing

Differences Explanation

Security & Governance

While OneDrive data is encrypted, Microsoft owns customers’ encryption keys. Because they own customer data and keys to access the data, Microsoft can decrypt and access customer information. For example, over 15,000 accounts were impacted by U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the first half of 2015.

With OneDrive, customers also relinquish identity management and file metadata – which combine with customer keys to be concentrated cyber-attack vectors. This shared security model is simply unacceptable to certain security-minded enterprises.

With CTERA, enterprise organizations create and control their encryption keys fully; they decide where they want their data stored. Moreover, all authentication happens securely within your perimeter. This avoids shared SaaS security risks and minimizes the threat of unauthorized or unlawful file access.

Corporate Sharing Policy

To protect sensitive data, CTERA enables IT security teams to set comprehensive corporate sharing policies (a form of data loss prevention) without sacrificing ease-of-use and user adoption. Policies can enforce how and what data can be shared, as well as what permissions are allowed to be passed along.

Alternatively, OneDrive has very little native corporate sharing policy enforcement and requires SharePoint for sharing policies, which has its own challenges.

Legacy & Remote Access

Modern file sharing platforms neglect remote users who are not all equidistant to the cloud. Other users and applications still require local file servers because they rely on fast network shares. In response to these issues, organizations are forced to deploy file servers to users who cannot get predictable and robust access to the cloud. The resulting proliferation of legacy and modern file management solutions creates complexity for end users, IT managers and IT governance.

CTERA is the only company to seamlessly integrate enterprise NAS with modern file sharing tools to create a comprehensive file sharing environment that bridges legacy and remote users with modern file collaboration tools to right size data infrastructure for the secure and distributed enterprise.

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