Managed File Transfer Levels the Playing Field for SMB
Low-cost file transfer tools allow mid-market businesses to make simple data exchanges both internally and externally. As your company grows, however, trading partners demand enterprise-level systems to improve reliability and data security.
Managed File Transfer (MFT) emerged to reduce the cost and programming skills required for you to meet customer requirements and stay competitive in the marketplace. According to an Info-Tech MFT Category report on selecting and implementing an MFT solution, there are five signs that indicate your organization could benefit from this technology.
1. A need for transparency
and traceability in file exchange activities
provides comprehensive audit trails and monitoring to document all file
transfer activity. Reports generated from this data show every interaction with
the files on your server in great detail and allow you to better serve
customers by responding quickly when problems do arise.
2. New business
relationships mandate adherence to compliance laws and privacy regulations
Certain trading partners require organizations worldwide to comply with their data security laws, standards, and regulations. A managed file transfer solution can help centralize these requirements for file transfers and server connectivity through a variety of features that provide robust security and compliance controls.
3. The inability to comply
with government reporting requirements
security and reporting tools are needed to meet strict regulatory compliance
standards of even highly regulated industries, MFT delivers. These
include the data protection and integrity requirements found in PCI DSS, GLBA,
SOX, HIPAA, HITECH, Dodd-Frank, and state privacy laws.
4. Traditional methods of
sending data, such as FTP, aren't secure
light of recent high-profile data breaches, many organizations have chosen to
reduce their risk by seeking alternatives to unsecure FTP. MFT gives you
the flexibility to connect with trading partners using secure file transfer
protocols and popular encryption methods like SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS, AS2, Open PGP
and ZIP with AES.
5. Processes need to be more
agile and adapt to changing network conditions
addition, automation and simplified workflows offered in many MFT solutions
streamline the process of adding and onboarding trading partners. Companies can
reduce or eliminate time spent on manual file exchanges and interrupted file
transfers, thus reducing administrative costs and assuring the timely delivery
of mission-critical data.
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