SaaS, Managed File Transfer and Securing Your Data

2 02 2010

According to a recent article by InformationWeek entitled, Why You Need a SaaS Strategy,” three-fourths of companies using SaaS consider application services extremely important or critically important to their organizations, according to its Information Week Analytics Survey of 281 business technologists, including 131 who now use SaaS. About one-third of respondents describe their SaaS apps as mission critical.  So what does that mean to you? If you are a small-to-medium business (SMB), a SaaS implementation provides instant or quick implementations, no capital expenditures, savings on operating expenses and little to no IT staff.

The Benefits of SaaS

Managed File Transfer solutions have historically been on-premise solutions. However, with the advent of increasingly strict federal, state and industry mandates concerning data breaches, protected customer information and security, Managed File Transfer has entered the age of “the cloud.” Are you currently encrypting large files and emails that have confidential and/or proprietary information? Like many SMBs, you may think you email is secure. It’s not!

To comply with the many legal regulations, many SMBs are turning to a SaaS deployment of Managed File Transfer. You can secure your mission-critical information while eliminating costly and ineffective methods of transferring data such as expedited shipment offerings and couriers. Stop using insecure methods of data exchange such as FTP and email and simplify your life in the process.

Secure your business, client and partner information while saving money, avoiding data breaches and negative press coverage. No IT experience required. Oh, yeah, and stop worrying.  SaaS is here to stay and continues to see growth. According to the InformationWeek article, “78 percent of survey respondents have integrated or plan to integrated SaaS apps into other business applications, showing a commitment to SaaS as part of an overall business architecture.”

For SMBs, this means implementing a SaaS strategy to secure your sensitive or confidential business communications.


Got Encryption?

27 01 2010

From State to Federal? Massachusetts Regulation 201 CMR 17.00 mandates that all personal information of Massachusetts residents must be digitally encrypted and other states as well as the national government are taking notice. Senator Patrick Leahly is sponsoring a bill entitled, The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2009 that  if passed would require private and government entities ensure that personal data is kept confidential. In addition, they would be tasked with developing measures for controlling access to sensitive information, detecting and logging unauthorized personal information access and protecting personal data both at rest and in transit.

So why is it important to encrypt data at rest and in motion?It ensures your data is encrypted before it leaves your computer and is only decrypted once it is delivered to the recipient’s machine. There are no “man in the middle” attacks and your business and organization will be compliant with regulations that are becoming increasingly strict in the healthcare, financial services, legal and insurance industries.  Will you be ready if the federal law is passed?