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Managing external data access in SharePoint governance
This article is part of the SharePoint Insider issue of October 2009
As you develop your SharePoint governance plan, it is only a matter of time before you lock horns with the subject of external SharePoint access. More on SharePoint governance Four steps to creating practical SharePoint governance standards Big SharePoint governance mistakes Quantifying the success of your SharePoint governance policy At first, the question of whether you want to allow users to access SharePoint resources from across the Internet probably seems really simple. Either you do want to allow external access or you don't. But, it's much more complicated than that. Learn what to consider when designing your external access policy for SharePoint. If you decide that you don't want users accessing SharePoint data from outside of your network, then you probably don't have to worry about any additional planning in this area. The primary advantage to allowing external access to SharePoint data is that doing so enables employees to do their jobs, even when they are working outside of the office. On the other hand, allowing ...
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