Before looking for a managed file transfer solution, it's important to determine how data is currently being transferred from your organization. You should find out what users and applications are performing the data transfers, where the source of the data resides, how sensitive the data is, how the data is formatted for the partners and what protocols are used to transmit the information. If the files are encrypted or compressed before transmission, find out what tools and standards are being utilized.
After you've done your in-house analysis, start a search for a secure file transfer solution that best fits your needs. Listed below are 10 of the top managed file transfer considerations organizations review when planning their purchase.
- Platform Openness: To reduce the points of connection to sensitive data and reduce the risk of exposure to those without a need-to-know, the solution should be installed on the server operating system where the sensitive data and applications reside. If your corporate data mostly resides on the IBM i, then it would make sense to get a MFT solution that runs on the IBM i.
- Authorization Controls: To meet many compliance regulations, the MFT solution should provide role based access to limit user access to certain servers or key functions based on user credentials.
- Secure FTP: Plain FTP is not secure. The solution should support both SFTP (FTP over SSH) and FTPS (FTP over SSL) protocols for secure FTP transfers.
- Encryption Standards: At minimum, the solution should support the industry standard encryption standards: AES, Open PGP, AS2, SSH, SSL, TLS, and S/MIME.
- Database Integration: The solution readily connects to DB2, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, and other popular database servers for extracting and inserting data.
- Data Transformation: The solution gives you the ability to translate data between popular data formats, including XML, CSV, Excel, and fixed-width text.
- Data Compression: The solution compresses and packages data using popular standards such as ZIP, GZIP, and TAR to reduce transmission times.
- Application Integration: The solution provides commands and APIs for interfacing with your applications.
- Scheduling: The solution allows transfers and other key functions or workflows to be scheduled for future dates and times.
- Key Management: The solution includes management tools for creating, importing, and exporting keys and certificates.
What else should you look for when buying an MFT solution?
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