Securely working with multi-cloud data in Slack using the File Fabric

Slack Multi-CloudAs more people are forced to work remotely due to Covid-19 we felt it was worth doing a blog refresh on the ways to work with the File Fabric and the chat collaboration app,  Slack.

The File Fabric has a specific integration with Slack that promotes securely sharing files, from just about any storage repository, directly from Slack. To add the File Fabric to a Slack account simply add it from the Slack marketplace.

Once added simply enter “/ff” and you will be given instructions and an authorised link to setup your File Fabric endpoint so that you can login and share files.

File Fabric Slack

File Fabric Slack Integration

The login process works with the File Fabric’s delegate Single-Sign-On authentication so employees will use their existing LDAP / AD / SAML credentials to sign in.

muti-cloud SSO

The File Fabric authentication module can also be configured to request a One Time Password for additional security

Multi-Cloud 2FA

Once this is done the user is taken to the File Fabric where they can select the File to share on Slack, which are subsequently available as link shares.

Slack S3 File Sharing

The key takeaways from using the File Fabric Slack Integration are are:

(i) The File Fabric is a hybrid multi-cloud solution so the files shared on Slack could be located from on-premises data storage (Windows Filers, SMB, NAS / SAN, Object Storage) or on Cloud data storage (Amazon S3, Azure, Sharepoint, Office 365, Box etc).

(ii) No files are every stored on Slack.  Files continue to be downloadable from the File Fabric using the shared links which are secured using the existing File Fabric security policies so the links can be password protected, time expired, limited to a number of downloads etc – bottom line, greater security control for corporate assets.

(iii) All file access is audited and logged – needed for compliant regimes such as HIPPA, GDPR, CCPA etc.

(iv) Files are scanned for PII / PHI Data – if detected the files cannot be shared and are  made unavailable until checked by a nominated administrator.



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