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.
It's not just the files themselves that need to be better stored and shared - it's integrating file transfer tools within the larger workflow framework and IT profile of an organization. Think of all the network tools, infrastructure, communications processes and users that file transfers affect. It's easy to see how managed file transfers could affect email security, for instance, but what about something like the cloud?
Managed file transfers and the cloud
In a recent report, Research and Markets suggested that a next-gen managed file transfer solution is the "linchpin to cloud stickiness." It ran down several facets of business operation that managed file transfer services can improve, ranging from the on-boarding of new partners with as little hands-on administration as possible to automated assistance with all file deliveries and file transfer logs that can be used during audits or compliance planning. Because information shifts and is sifted through the cloud, a managed file transfer solution assures that the extra scalability, flexibility and security potential the cloud offers are optimized for all information on the move.
At the same time, managed file transfers provide parameters, which are important in the wide-open world of the cloud. It's important that information is theoretically available from any computer with the right connection isn't subject to anything less than the most stringent standards for protection and compliance. A company can work with the managed file transfer solutions provider to configure administrative and access protocols for managed file transfers, assuring that information can be traded between business partners without a hitch and prevent anyone - errant users, malicious agents or otherwise - from compromising the integrity of the data. The architecture can be designed with business objectives in mind, and reoriented as these goals morph over time.
Getting the most security bang for your buck
A recent report by Gartner projected that information security-related spending will rise to $71.1 billion by the end of 2014, a 7.9 percent increase over 2013 spend levels and a further indication that shielding themselves from omnipresent threats is near or at the top of virtually every organization's priority list. Regulatory pressures, mobility and expanding infrastructures were some of the reasons the research firm cited for the marked increase in security costs.
Of course, when such huge sums and significant portions of a company's resources are at stake, it's critical that every dollar be spent as wisely as possible. Investing in a managed file transfer solution accomplishes several imperative data security-related goals in a cost-efficient fashion. Among them are monitoring tools that supply preventative intelligence and visibility, debugging and compatibility tools that eradicate issues that an untrained user may not be able to diagnose, and encryption features that ensure confidentiality. Because all of these facets and tasks contain some level of automation, security and IT personnel are freed from the responsibility of manual oversight. This gives them, and the company in general, the opportunity to continue focusing on data - but on the way that the content can improve their business, not merely the manner in which it's sent or received.
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