Email the preferred method of sending large files for UK businesses
Email the preferred method of sending large files for UK businesses

More than two-thirds of businesses continue to use email as their main method to send and exchange large files and sensitive data.

A global survey of 1,000 IT decision makers by IntraLinks found that sensitive information exchanged beyond the firewall with business partners and customers is still primarily conducted through email (68 per cent) and FTP sites (69 per cent).

Talking to SC Magazine, Derek Flynn, managing director and SV-P of EMEA sales at IntraLinks, said users still need to collaborate with a third party to share information.

“What we do is offer a platform in the cloud, so it is software-as-a-service (SaaS) where you load a document in and it comes with levels of security and with permissions on who can access it and see who viewed it and when, and stop them downloading it,” he said.

“This survey shows how important it is to share sensitive information across enterprises and in what way people are collaborating with shared sensitive data. Under half (45 per cent) of the respondents have enabled bring your own device (BYOD), but we talk about BYOC – bring your own collaboration. It is about the right solution that fits the purpose for the job and adding some enterprise security into the technology.”

Of those surveyed, 125 were from the UK, 52 per cent of which said they had "experience issues" sending or exchanging large files, while only 13 per cent used private cloud file-transfer capabilities, and 11 per cent private cloud file storage/sharing sites.

Nearly a third (31 per cent) said they support online file-storage site Dropbox, while 75 per cent supported email.

Flynn said the problem is that the CEO is making the workforce mobile while "giving the CISO one mighty headache". He added: “We are finding a problem of data on devices and organisations are making it a top priority to provide enterprise-class tools for collaboration for employees.”

Fahim Siddiqui, chief product officer at IntraLinks, said: “Success in business has always depended on effective collaboration, but today the nature of collaboration is changing.”