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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.
Managed file transfer solutions are critical for any business concerned about the integrity of information flowing through corporate networks. The realities of today's advanced threat landscape mean that generic tools or piecemeal approaches are simply insufficient to effectively stave off security compromises and eliminate information leaks. A recent report by Risk Based Security found that more than 176 million data records were compromised worldwide in the first quarter of 2014 alone, with hacking, fraud and human error just some of the root causes allowing data to fall into predators' hands. Overall, 85.5 percent of incidents involved some outsider activity, while insiders contributed to 59.4 percent of all records exposed. Businesses and supply chains are being threatened from both sides of the network.
Business communications are more complex than ever before. There are more endpoints, file formats and user preferences - just figuring out how to send an important document can be a challenge. There are simply too many variables, and organizations need better ways of controlling them.
Managed file transfer has emerged as a way of giving companies better tools to communicate with business partners, with customers and within their own organizations. Instead of a sprawling, ever-expanding communications system with a lack of uniform protocols and increasing security vulnerabilities, organizations can streamline file transfers and other key interactions into a consolidated framework. Shifting this framework away from disparate on-premises software and unreliable tools to the cloud can multiply the savings and productivity a business can expect from its B2B file transfer solution.
Users are the foundation of every company and supply chain's networks. They're the people who create, share and contribute to critical documents and data, and the ones who set and follow - or eschew - corporate policies concerning access, communication and technology usage. People can also be a problem. Human error continues to be the leading source of data privacy issues, Dynamic Business reported. And as the consumerization of IT continues, it becomes more imperative to mitigate the potential threats to compliance and management that are posed by rogue application use and deviations from file transfer protocols.
As supply chains grow and depend more on data for virtually every facet of operation, more information has to be transmitted within companies and out to business partners every day. With more data in transit, opportunities for lax security or mismanagement to leak, exploit or otherwise compromise information are on the rise. This is not only a security and productivity risk, but a major compliance issue - one that could have significant consequences for the bottom line.
Managed file transfer may not be a frontline concern for many organizations, but they only push it to the backseat at their own risk. Over the past few years, it's become evident that hackers will take any and all means available to them to illegitimately access business data and exploit it. The news earlier this year that cybercriminals managed to breach a smart refrigerator and distribute 750,000 virus-laden emails sounds like a headline ripped straight from humor pages, but it is real. The same goes for the revelation that hackers found a way to pass around a virus using Wi-Fi hotspots, hitting area computers like a common cold.
The complex web that ties together medical providers, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and other sector stakeholders continues to grow more tangled. Traditional approaches simply aren't up to the task of containing emerging concerns without a high risk of bloated budgets or unsustainable resourcing decisions. Fortunately, there are tools that can help organizations in the healthcare sector eliminate miscommunication and information security risks. B2B integration, EDI and MFT can help healthcare organizations make drastic improvements in their most pressure-filled areas.
Most people would agree that managed file transfer offers significantly higher levels of security and management than its predecessors. So why has it not been universally adopted? There are many reasons that cause companies to drag their feet on a new IT investment, even if the benefits of making the switch are clear. Concerns about inter-application compatibility and the scalability of managed file transfer systems cause many organizations to delay deployment.