Managed File Transfer: Not Just a FTP/sFTP Replacement

5 04 2010

Most seasoned IT support staff think of file transfer as a method of moving data between the mainframes of different companies. However, the scope and challenges involved have become much more complex, and accordingly, the space has become segmented.

  • B2B Transfers – This segment has grown tremendously as Web-based protocols have enabled companies to connect all their business partners without the need for dedicated lines, replacing transfers originally performed by exchanging physical media via courier or fax.
  • Internal File Transfers – With the advent of distributed computing, when some business applications moved away from the mainframe or were supplemented with server-based applications, the need arose to transport data in bulk to server-based applications for processing. Often, this need was addressed with free tools such as FTP/sFTP. However, while these tools were cost-effective and solved an immediate problem, little focus was given to the security and reliance these solutions could provide and to the bigger picture of the IT infrastructure.
  • Ad hoc File Transfers – Does you company need to facilitate infrequent, ad hoc data transfers – either between companies or between the data center and a larger user base such as your sales force? Then, you should look for solutions incorporating Web-based portals for this ad hoc data exchange.

Additionally, Managed File Transfer gives you the ability to meet security, compliance and audit requirements. With regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Gramm-Leachy Bliley Act (GLBA), companies are under greater pressure to meet strict mandates. A Managed File Transfer solution should help you streamline the audit process by providing a central point for all audit information.

Through the automation of your file transfer infrastructure, you gain these benefits and more, including cost savings and reduced risk. As a final thought: You also don’t end up in the news. Stories of data breaches and the organizations that have to report them are picked up by major media outlets on a daily and increasing basis.

Is FTP/sFTP doing all this for you? More importantly, can you risk it?

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Complying with Fed Regulations

22 09 2009

Many federal regulations are making MFT not only a better option, but the only option. Data transfers are often performed by a myriad of file transfer products that vary widely in terms of robustness, security and audit capabilities. All efforts to provide an end-to-end view fail as long as file transfers are processed separately using different technology. The same issues that prevent the end-to-end view also prevent a streamlined approach for compliance management and auditing.

As the enterprise-wide deployment of legacy file transfer products is cost prohibitive, most organizations are riddled with file transfer products, tools and utilities that cannot interoperate. With the amount of data transferred by organizations increasing everyday, it is imperative to standardize on a modern, cost-effective managed file transfer solution that adheres to current security and audit requirements including:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Basel II