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The right managed file transfer solution saves sleep and expense

The right managed file transfer solution saves sleep and expense

A growing number of organizations are implementing managed file transfer (MFT) solutions to bring data transfers under control and into compliance. MFT uses a centralized approach for automating and securing data transmissions with standards-based protocols and encryption. An effective MFT solution can eliminate the need for the numerous tools, scripts and manual steps organizations have traditionally used to transfer, convert and secure data.

The Need for Speed

Businesses are interconnecting their IT systems to streamline operations and stay competitive. It’s critical for organizations to exchange information quickly to optimize business processes and provide the best possible customer service.

The data businesses share often contains time-sensitive transactions to support day-to-day activities. In retail, for example, data is constantly transmitted among stores, distributors and manufacturers including new orders, price lists, shipping statuses and inventory levels. This operational data may be accumulated and sent in batches or sent as real-time transactions over persistent connections. Delay or loss in transit of this mission-critical data could cause significant expense and lost revenues.

FTP Vulnerabilities

Many organizations have moved their data transmissions from private networks and dial-ups to the inexpensive and fast bandwidth of the public Internet. This makes it easy for trading partners to connect and exchange data using FTP. Unfortunately, many managers haven’t yet realized the security and management risks that may have blossomed in their organizations with the prevalent use of FTP.

FTP was designed more than 30 years ago, well before the Internet or even TCP/IP became common. Unfortunately, the FTP specifications have changed very little over the years and have no mechanisms to deal with modern cyber attacks. FTP doesn’t encrypt data and consequently all files are transferred as clear text, leaving them open to theft and modification while in transit. FTP user IDs and passwords are also sent in the clear, which means they can be captured by hackers, exposing your trading partners’ servers and your data as it resides there.

An effective solution should have several encryption methods available to protect sensitive data.

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