Managed File Transfer: An Essential Tool for IT Pros on the Rise

by Don Willmott

Your company lives and dies by its data, and you’re in charge of moving it around quickly and securely. Managed file transfer will help you do it right. You definitely don’t want to do it wrong.

Managed Filed Transfer: An Essential Tool for IT Pros on the RiseWhat could be simpler than moving a file from point A to point B? We all do it every day, dragging, dropping, copying, and sending megabytes of data across the office or around the world. Unfortunately, as workforces have dispersed, files have grown exponentially larger, and business data has become ever more valuable (and therefore subject to both security threats and regulation). So transferring files the right way has become one of IT’s greatest challenges. The constant stream of headlines about embarrassing and costly corporate data disasters drives that point home again and again.

That’s where MFT comes in. IT is increasingly turning to this technology as businesses become more far-flung, data volume increases, and existing infrastructures are pushed to their limits. MFT solutions offer high levels of security, compliance, reliability, speed, and auditing, and the best ones do all that without increasing the burden on an already overburdened IT staff.

What you need is a system that can monitor, control, and secure the movement of data between Point A to Point B. That’s what MFT is designed to do. It’s increasingly in demand because if you take a look at the existing legacy options for file transfer, you see they’re woefully inadequate for today’s fast, worldwide, regulated business environment.

I’m talking about you, FTP. Isn’t file transfer supposed to be the job of FTP utilities? Yes, if we were still living in the ’70s. FTP came of age before today’s Internet was even imagined and before security became a top priority. FTP is cheap and ubiquitous, but it has weak security, can’t handle most failed data transfers, offers a manual interface, doesn’t compress data, and can’t be used for today’s auditing and compliance rules. Still, FTP rules large file transfers to this day, which is kind of amazing when you stop to think about it.

What about e-mail? We all send attachments, but there are often file size limits, and you know that attachments affect network performance and eat up significant storage space. You also worry that attachments are used in an ad hoc manner and can’t be adequately monitored and controlled. They are accidents waiting to happen. And let’s not even think about the people who burn disks or fill up thumb drives and then send them via overnight express. Scary!

So turn to MFT. It offers:

  • A single point of control for data transfer in the office and out to the world.
  • Complete security, compliance and auditing for your regulatory needs.
  • Guaranteed delivery, which FTP can’t offer.
  • Lots of automation to make your job easier.
  • Open architecture that lets you integrate it with other apps.
  • Cost savings that come from the increased automation.

 

Look at the wide variety of solutions from Microsoft, IBM, Ipswitch, SSH, Sterling Commerce, and YouSendIt to see if you can find one that meets your needs and budget. One of MFT’s advantages is that it’s highly scalable, so no matter the amount of data you transfer either interoffice or out to clients and colleagues, you can set up a solution that will ultimately save you time and money and make you an IT hero. It’s a tool with which you want to be familiar in today’s business environment. If your bosses haven’t asked for it already, they will soon.

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7 Responses to “Managed File Transfer: An Essential Tool for IT Pros on the Rise”

August 17, 2010 at 3:53 am, Louis Gordon said:

This a very nice intro to MFT.

The transfer of documents on CDs and USBs by courier is a practice that needs to be eliminated ASAP. Data loss from security breaches is very costly. Dark Reading recently reported that one breach can cost between $1 million and $53 million in damages per year.

With the recent release of Safe-T v.4.2, eTouchware became the first vendor to offer centralized deployment of MFT that enables you to securely send files from any email client without installing a plug-in. Our MFT solution also supports Blackberrys, iPhones and iPads. Learn more about secure managed file transfer at http://www.safe-t.com or follow our blog as we discuss a variety of IT security issues at http://www.safe-t.com/safe-t-blogspace/.

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August 17, 2010 at 3:53 am, Louis Gordon said:

This a very nice intro to MFT.

The transfer of documents on CDs and USBs by courier is a practice that needs to be eliminated ASAP. Data loss from security breaches is very costly. Dark Reading recently reported that one breach can cost between $1 million and $53 million in damages per year.

With the recent release of Safe-T v.4.2, eTouchware became the first vendor to offer centralized deployment of MFT that enables you to securely send files from any email client without installing a plug-in. Our MFT solution also supports Blackberrys, iPhones and iPads. Learn more about secure managed file transfer at http://www.safe-t.com or follow our blog as we discuss a variety of IT security issues at http://www.safe-t.com/safe-t-blogspace/.

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August 17, 2010 at 4:58 am, Brian Pick said:

Very nice article. We have a free whitepaper called ‘Beyond FTP’ which can be downloaded here: http://www.goanywheremft.com/resource-center/white-papers

If you’re looking for a browser based, cross platform MFT solution, we have developed a product called GoAnywhere Director which simplifies and automates the transferring of files. It supports Open PGP, AES, SSL, SSH, and AS2 encryption. It can also retrieve files from a FTP site or from an email, decrypt it and import in the PC file (CSV, XLS, XML, etc.) into a database.

You can learn more about GoAnywhere Director by visiting http://www.goanywheremft.com.

Brian Pick
Sales Manager

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August 17, 2010 at 4:58 am, Brian Pick said:

Very nice article. We have a free whitepaper called ‘Beyond FTP’ which can be downloaded here: http://www.goanywheremft.com/resource-center/white-papers

If you’re looking for a browser based, cross platform MFT solution, we have developed a product called GoAnywhere Director which simplifies and automates the transferring of files. It supports Open PGP, AES, SSL, SSH, and AS2 encryption. It can also retrieve files from a FTP site or from an email, decrypt it and import in the PC file (CSV, XLS, XML, etc.) into a database.

You can learn more about GoAnywhere Director by visiting http://www.goanywheremft.com.

Brian Pick
Sales Manager

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September 03, 2010 at 11:03 am, Mike M said:

Very good article Don. I see studies about how often email and FTP are used to transfer information that should be secured, but it’s not, and it’s scary. We used Biscom’s managed file transfer software (http://www.biscomds.com) on our network and it works wonders for encrypting data in motion and at rest (plus there is no file size limits!). I have also used YouSendIT and Accellion in the past.

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September 03, 2010 at 11:03 am, Mike M said:

Very good article Don. I see studies about how often email and FTP are used to transfer information that should be secured, but it’s not, and it’s scary. We used Biscom’s managed file transfer software (http://www.biscomds.com) on our network and it works wonders for encrypting data in motion and at rest (plus there is no file size limits!). I have also used YouSendIT and Accellion in the past.

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