How to move beyond FTP

     
The expansion of their supply chains, coupled with widespread efforts to focus on B2B integration, has many organizations looking for a better method of transmitting critical business information. No longer is FTP, with its file size limits and lack of security measures, cutting it for many.

According to a recent SYS-CON Media report, companies are instead turning to business integration solutions such as secure file transfer. Such tools are fully equipped to deliver the compatibility, data security and effectiveness that all companies need in a collaboration platform.  

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When making a switch from FTP to secure file transfer, there are certain steps the organization should take. SYS-CON Media contributor Hugh Garber identified several of these measures in his recent report.

Step 1: Get employees on one page

Before deploying a new solution, Garber encouraged companies to identify all the tools currently in use by employees. In addition to FTP, this will more than likely include email, public websites and mobile devices, he said.

The IT department will have to put a stop the use of such tools for file sharing if success of secure file transfer is to occur. This can be accomplished through education that highlights the benefits of secure file transfer business integration solutions compared to other less secure and less effective methods.

Step 2: Take a data inventory

By recognizing where certain information resides within the company, officials will have a better idea of what data will most likely be affected by secure file transfer. Furthermore, by completing a picture of their data storage and lifecycle processes, companies will be better able to protect and secure the information, Garber said.

"After all, it’s harder to protect information that you don’t even know exists," he wrote.

Step 3: Determine who has access

This is another step that can enhance the security capabilities of a new file transfer solution. Experts agree that many data breaches are the result of employees inappropriately accessing confidential information. Such threats can be minimized by setting access controls to the new tool, according to the report.

Garber noted that not all employees need access to all enterprise data. If access isn't already restricted, implementing such measures should be part of "your near-term plan," he wrote.

A recent CSO Magazine report also highlighted several capabilities that companies should look for in a file transfer tool. For one, the news provider stated, it's important that a new solution allows the IT department to regain control over the entire process.