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#1 Cheysuli

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:53 PM

I have been asked to install Dropbox in order to collaborate with a 3rd party vendor on some projects.  This vendor already has a network of of others as part of his dropbox share.  My concern is the potential of malware/viruses reaching me through this Dropbox share.  It isn't scanned like our email.  Should I be worried about this?  I don't even know who the other parties connected to his dropbox are.  Is Skydrive a  better option?  I really need some help here.

 

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 03:07 PM

Do you trust the 3rd party vendor?

 

This shouldn't be an issue, in general.  Anything you download from Dropbox is probably scanned by your machine as part of the download process.  I don't know if any of the cloud storage companies scan what you store.

 

You're going to have the possibility no matter what.  One needs to assume that you trust the people that you are working with.  As long as you're not passing EXE and script files around you should be fine.



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 03:13 PM

One additional consideration. What is your corporate IT policy for using cloud services? If there isn't a firm policy, you might ask for a written response either saying yes or no to protect yourself in the future.

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:08 PM

I have been asked to install Dropbox in order to collaborate with a 3rd party vendor on some projects.  This vendor already has a network of of others as part of his dropbox share.  My concern is the potential of malware/viruses reaching me through this Dropbox share.  It isn't scanned like our email.  Should I be worried about this?  I don't even know who the other parties connected to his dropbox are.  Is Skydrive a  better option?  I really need some help here.

You and your 3rd party vendors should read this: Hey, You, Get Off of My Cloud: Exploring Information Leakage in Third-Party Compute Clouds. http://www.cs.tau.ac.il/~tromer/papers/cloudsec.pdf
 

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