Gartner Warns Firms On Google Desktop
The research company thinks that corporations should utilize the Enterprise version of Google Desktop if they permit the product in their operations.
The Search Across Computers function of Google Desktop 3 Beta poses a risk to companies with its ability to share information across PCs via an index on Google’s Desktop-dedicated servers, Gartner noted in a research note about Google’s latest version of the Desktop product.
If a business permits Google Desktop on its machines, users who are not “technically adept” may inadvertently share documents that should not be available outside of the enterprise. That could be bad news for companies under regulatory requirements to keep certain data secure.
At issue is Google’s practice of hosting an index of desktop content on a subset of its servers, which Gartner analyst Whit Andrews summarized:
In Gartner’s estimation, the prudent business should either use the Enterprise version of Google Desktop and restrict its use accordingly, or choose a similar product and make it the supported standard for the company.
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.