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by Hugh Garber “My company still relies heavily on FTP.  I know we should be using something more secure, but I don’t know where to begin.” Sound familiar? The easy answer is that you should migrate away from antiquated FTP software because it could be putting your company’s data at risk – Unsecured data is obviously an enormous liability.  Not only does FTP pose a real security threat, but it also lacks many of the management and enforcement capabilities that modern Managed File Transfer solutions offer. No, it won’t be as daunting of a task as you think.  Here’s a few steps to help you get started: Identify the various tools that are being used to transfer information in, out, and around your organization. This would include not only all the one-off FTP instances, but also email attachments, file sharing websites, smartphones, EDI, etc.  Chances are, you’ll be s... (more)

The risks of personal file sharing within businesses

In his white paper, “Business-Class File Sharing Best Practices”, Michael Osterman of Osterman Research assesses the current state of personal file sharing within business, with recommendations about how information technology, risk management and compliance teams can best address the common issues and risks. Below is an excerpt from the paper, where Michael summarizes some of the key issues with the status quo with personal file sharing within business.  We also invite you to access the full white paper including Michael’s case for why IT needs to provide and manage file sharing ... (more)

Upcoming Webcast: Top Tips for Managing File Transfer & Application Integration

Join us on September 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET for our latest webcast, Top Tips for Managing File Transfer & Application Integration. More and more, organizations are beginning to realize that their old batch-file-and-script methods of file transfer and application integration don’t work. They’re unwieldy, primitive, difficult to manage, and often not 100% reliable – not to mention less scalable than the organization might wish. Don Jones, Principal Technologist at Concentrated Technology, and Andre Bakken, Director of Product Management at Ipswitch, will provide the top tips for manag... (more)

Integrate your file transfer solution with your antivirus solution

Every day, files are exchanged between your systems, employees, and business partners on a global scale.  It’s no secret that with each file transfer, your organization faces potential exposure to viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other malware – and the damaged files, corrupted applications, reduced performance and other adverse business effects that come with them. Are your file transfers as safe as they can be?  Specifically, when you receive inbound files, are you doing all you can to protect your IT infrastructure from the risk of viruses and malware??  Are your outbound da... (more)

Caution: Web-searchable servers and databases

August 2011:  Yale University announced that 43,000 social security numbers posted to an insecure FTP server have been available to Google search engine users for the past 10-months. May 2011:  Southern California Medical-Legal Consultants (SCMLC) disclosed that the medical records of 300,000 injured workers were available online to the public through Google search. For Yale, it seems that the file containing the names and social security numbers was stored in a FTP server which was used for open source work – That means that ANYONE could access the information without even being... (more)