Mobile workplaces need secure file transfers


No matter the industry, the workforce has gone mobile. Employees are accessing their data on the go, thanks to tablets such as the Apple iPad and smartphones, which have become ubiquitous. This indicates that companies must update their data loss prevention strategies. The data moving through mobile devices is a tempting target for hackers and data thieves, meaning that a managed file transfer system is essential for peace of mind.

The rise in enterprise mobility has been tied closely to the increase in cloud computing power and the rapid development of the devices themselves. IT mobility insider Garth Hayward told ITWeb that companies are eager to increase productivity with devices that can connect directly to corporate networks. Fellow field expert William Hardie, however, warned the source that companies are finding that securing mobile devices can be difficult, with the threat of a lost device especially worrisome.

Realizing that enterprise mobility is an enduring trend and hoping to make it more secure, cloud-based file transfer company SEEBURGER recently debuted a new version of its managed file transfer system optimized for mobile devices, dubbed SEE FX Mobile. Companies with a mobile workforce and a need to perform B2B integration can use the solution to download and upload to and from mobile devices, with automatic encryption making sure the files are unreadable to outside eyes.

"There are no corporate controls over file exchanges on smartphones or tablets at all," warned SEEBURGER' s Rohit Khanna. "SEE FX and SEE FX Mobile make it possible to securely and efficiently manage all of these processes with a single integrated solution that ensures complete visibility for governance and regulatory purposes."

Using the mobile version of the file transfer application carries benefits for businesses with a variety of technologies. The software synchronizes files across the many types of mobile devices, as well as the desktop and notebook computers that are traditional tools of the trade. The application's makers stress that it is a more reliable and safer option than FTP servers, which are an old technology not designed with the high-speed modern B2B space in mind.

Losing a mobile device with secure information on it or having a file transfer between a mobile device and a company's servers interrupted is a worst-case scenario for businesses. It is nearly harmless, however, if they have implemented a secure method of transfer, complete with encryption for the files involved.