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What is Managed File Transfer?

As more and more companies are seeking a secure file transfer solution to meet their data transfer needs, the question still arises: what, exactly, is managed file transfer (MFT)?

What is Managed File Transfer?

At a minimum, a managed file transfer solution is a product that encompasses all aspects of inbound and outbound file transfers that uses industry proven standards with a central, single point of administration.

With a wide variety of products claiming to be a managed file transfer solution, there are some things you may want to ask yourself (and your vendor):

  • Does the solution use industry standards protocols for secure data transfers?
  • Is the solution centrally administered or are there pc components required for administration?
  • Can I be notified in real time of certain events (e.g. errors) if they occur?
  • How will this solution affect my customers, vendors and trading partners?
  • Can audit reports be generated?
  • What type of security controls does the product have in place to allow separation of duties?
  • Are there additional modules or add-ons that might need to be purchased?
  • If our needs grow beyond our current platform, how does this solution grow with us?

As you research a vendor to handle your managed file transfer requirements, make sure you choose a vendor that is able to not only meet your current needs but the needs of the future.

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