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Managed file transfer for HIPAA compliance: MFT succeeds where FTP fails

By Lightwell | Wed, Jul 27, 2016

In the healthcare industry, electronic health record systems have become a staple. Now more than ever, companies are looking to comply with the Administrative Simplification section of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which calls for the use of an electronic system for records instead of an outdated manual one.

However, with more organizations adopting EHR systems, the time has come for them to also upgrade their file transfer solution. Although file transfer protocols may have served this purpose in the past, managed file transfer systems are now necessary to fully ensure that sensitive patient data remains confidential.

Rise of EHR

According to Modern Healthcare, 80 percent of all office-based physicians had some sort of electronic system in place for the management of health records in 2013. Research shows that the adoption of such solutions has increased over the past few years, jumping by nearly 10 percent between 2012 and 2013 alone.

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Connect with Lightwell at IBM InterConnect 2016

By Lori Angalich | Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Are you planning to be at the IBM InterConnect 2016 conference in Las Vegas? IBM InterConnect is one of our most anticipated industry events, and a number of our team members are preparing for their participation in the event, including:

The reasons to attend are numerous. Just check out the stats in the infographic on this page.  In addition to getting a break from the winter weather, the conference provides a great opportunity to learn more about the latest business technology challenges, trends, and best practices, while connecting with peers, partners, and industry thought leaders among the 25,000+ attendees.

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Top Reasons to Attend the IBM Commerce Learning Academy in Dublin, Ireland

By Lightwell | Tue, Oct 06, 2015

We’re getting excited about the upcoming IBM Commerce Learning Academy 2015 event in Dublin, Ireland October 13-16. In fact, Lightwell is a Silver Sponsor of this year’s event.

Recently, when a couple of our customers asked us whether or not they should attend, unsurprisingly we responded (enthusiastically) that they should.  We thought we would share some of the reasoning behind this in this post.

Education and Insight

The IBM Commerce Learning Academy agenda has something for everyone--business and technical, deep dive and strategic level.  

For example, in the B2B integration technical sessions, presenters will share customer stories around the planning and issues involved in a B2B integration solution upgrade, as well as how your organization can handle the transformation from small scale integration to a high availability, high volume, multi-protocol environment. (See B2Bi Session 07 (B2BI S 07 in the IBM Commerce Learning Academy Technical Session Guide)).

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File transfer security: Top considerations and best practices

By Lightwell | Tue, Apr 28, 2015

In today's business environment, the vast majority of companies leverage some sort of file transfer system to ensure the security of documents and data when transmitted internally or from one organization to another. As the threat landscape continues to grow, it becomes increasingly critical to ensure that file transfers remain protected.

However, no two managed file transfer solutions are the same. Each software platform comes with its own unique set of safeguards, benefits and challenges that the company must address. Therefore, file transfer systems are not a "select it and forget about it" technology. Considerable thought must go into the process to ensure that the company chooses the best options for its needs and deploys it effectively.

In this spirit, decision-makers should take into account these considerations and best practices when examining their file transfer solutions and enterprise security:

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Debunked: Top 3 managed file transfer myths

By Lightwell | Wed, Feb 18, 2015

In the current threat environment, businesses can't be too careful when it comes to their sensitive files. At the same time, in order for employees to complete everyday tasks, they must be able to securely send and receive documents and materials. For this reason, managed file transfer solutions have become increasingly essential in enterprise circles.

IDC found that although the MFT market isn't growing as quickly as it once was, the sector is still poised for considerable expansion through 2017. In these respects, IDC discovered that buyers are seeking solutions that boost file protection and can help with security audits. The marketplace is also seeing more deployment of cloud-based and hybrid MFT systems.

Despite this market growth, IT Business Edge noted that there are still myths that exist about the technology, including:

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Spotlight on IBM Sterling partnership: File transfer, data management and integration solutions

By Lightwell | Mon, Jan 12, 2015

Enterprises today require a whole host of solutions to ensure that their mission-critical data remains secure in every instance. Whether transferring files internally or integrating information with a partnering organization, certain technology is key to help guarantee that these activities take place in a safeguarded environment.


However, when it comes to selecting and deploying file transfer, data management, integration and other solutions, some decision makers are at a loss for whee to begin. IBM has options for nearly every business need. Working with an IBM Sterling partner like Lightwell can make all the difference.Let's examine some of the leading solutions available to businesses today and what each means for B2B integration, data management and file transfer needs:

IBM Sterling B2B Integrator
The IBM Sterling B2B Integrator is the top choice for organizations that require a flexible yet secure avenue for business-to-business integration.

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Managed file transfer: Best practices to ensure security

By Lightwell | Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Employees partake in more file transfers than many of them may realize. Especially with the emergence of bring-your-own-devices practices, businesses could be exposing their sensitive data during these processes. In order to ensure security and prevent any unauthorized access to this sensitive content, enterprises must have a policy in place for managed file transfers that includes industry best practices.

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How managed file transfer solutions erase compliance blind spots

By Lightwell | Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Compliance continues to be a source of blind spots for even the most forward-thinking organizations, especially in the healthcare industry. From compliance officers to the C-suite and regular employees, people continue to feel the pressure of complying with industry regulations and federal governance for safe-guarding critical data. It can be exceedingly difficult to feel like you've actually gotten to a point where you know compliance - as well as security - can be totally assured. Maybe you're not even there yet. Maybe it feels like your organization will never get to that point. And because compliance issues affect all data-users - which means most employees - in the entire company, getting so many people on board can seem like an eternal uphill battle. This is can be especially hard in the healthcare industry, where the focus tends to stay on patient care and technological development, not information protection. That doesn't have to change - just the methods of keeping data safe do.

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Want to enter the future of information management? Leverage managed file transfer.

By Lightwell | Wed, Oct 08, 2014

Managed file transfer solutions aren't simply an addition to a more data-focused enterprise. Rather, they're the foundation of an information management strategy that is much more comprehensive, protected and easy to administrate. And that's no small thing in this day and age. With more and more files of different types that must be exchanged between businesses and the threat landscape growing ominously ever larger, a company that doesn't hone in on the best information management tools is putting itself at a disadvantage. One that avails itself of a solution like managed file transfer, on the other hand, is taking a bold step forward into the data-centric future.

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What Aspera eXtreme File Transfer and the World Cup Have in Common

By Lightwell | Wed, Jul 30, 2014

At first glance, managed file transfer and the World Cup wouldn't seem to have much in common. What does the transmission of corporate files have to do with the preeminent soccer - or football, depending on what country you're in - tournament in the world? The recent forging of a partnership between IBM and Aspera, which brought live World Cup streams to far-flung viewers, highlighted the importance of rapid transmit for large files. As big data and massively sized files become more prominent in many industries, organizations need a managed file transfer solution that can efficiently, reliability and cost-effectively send these files.

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