Work Folders from Microsoft: 'Making Data Access Easy and Secure'

By CIOReview | Thursday, March 17, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: Microsoft has recently released Work Folders to sync work files across devices and access them even during offline. For important official documents, providing access to employs personal computers and smartphones can be a bit of a security nightmare, Work Folders allows users to work with sensitive information that is stored on an organization's server. It extends support for windows, android and iOS operating system users.

Microsoft’s website claims that, Work Folders users can store and access work files on personal computers and devices, often referred to as bring-your-own device (BYOD), in addition to corporate PCs. It provides convenient location to store work files, and gives 24/7 users’ access.

Companies command control over corporate data by storing files on centrally managed file servers with user device policies such as encryption and lock-screen passwords. Work Folders can be deployed with existing systems of the company with Folder Redirection, Offline Files, and home folders. It stores user files in a folder on the server called sync share and also gives an option to the user to specify a folder that already contains critical data. The feature enables the users to adopt Work Folders without migrating their servers and data. The security feature includes at-rest encryption, meaning the files would not be usable without a passkey.

Prior to installation, Work Folders requires server certificate for each file server that will host Work Folders. These certificates should be from trusted certification authority. Furthermore, it requires publicly registered domain name with the ability to create additional public DNS records for the domain. Work Folder is available as free for downloading but since it's for organizational accounts, it requires a subscription fee.