A file transfer solution that secures and streamlines the exchange of business-critical data is obviously beneficial to organizations of any size, providing security and efficiency to the often tedious and risky process. Enterprise organizations, however, need more than just a standard file transfer solution; they need technology that matches the more complex, higher-volume, and demanding level of operations for security, efficiency, and reliability around file transfers.
What is an Enterprise File Sharing Solution?
An enterprise secure file sharing solution distinguishes itself from everyday file transfer methods like free Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), or other popular file transfer applications such as Dropbox or Google Drive, by allowing for both seamless collaboration, integration, automation, and the application of robust security and administrative controls to the data being exchanged.
While some free software solutions deliver features to help support security, compliance, and transparency, enterprise-level solutions, such as Managed File Transfer (MFT), can also deliver enterprise-level scalability, reliability, and customer-centric technical support.
One of the largest differences between SFTP and an MFT solution is the ability of MFT to automate file transfer processes. MFT solutions provide SFTP automation, which streamlines an organization’s exchange of data over a secure SFTP connection. Automation can also simplify multiple transfer processes including the ability to create projects and tasks to run, provide file monitoring, be deployed via cloud or web services, manage recurrent file transfers, ensure file transfer encryption, and more.
Managed file transfer (MFT) solutions, like GoAnywhere MFT, are centralized and can ramp up to meet the needs of organizations of any size, including large enterprises.
What are the Benefits of an Enterprise File Sharing Solution?
Enterprise organizations are charged with hundreds and even thousands of threats to their data security each day. Large, diversified organizations with often far-flung offices require a file exchange solution that can meet their needs. Ask yourself a few questions to confirm you’re in need of an enterprise-level file transfer solutions:
- Are you still using traditional methods to send data?
- Do you need to comply with data security laws and regulations?
- Do you need to comply with government requirements?
- Does your file transfer activity need to be auditing?
- Do you exchange data with trading partners in the cloud?
- Are your current processes adaptable to changing network conditions?
Once you’ve determined your organization is ready for an enterprise-level file transfer solution, be sure the ones you evaluate can deliver. GoAnywhere MFT is a robust, secure file transfer solution that offers an array of features and benefits, including:
Integration with Other Data Security Solutions
Fortra’s threat protection and data loss prevention solutions bundles GoAnywhere MFT seamlessly with the Secure ICAP Gateway to inspect content before it is transferred with GoAnywhere for any threats contained in shared data as well as for data leakage. Enterprises can be confident that the files and data contained can be shared and received securely.
In addition, the secure file transfer solution can be paired with digital rights management to take the data protection of GoAnywhere MFT one step further. Enterprises can gain more control and protection over their sensitive data by defining and controlling exactly who has access to encrypted files wherever and whenever they gravel.
Layering security solutions to ensure enterprise-level file transfers are protected is an important part of a zero trust security model, which is an IT framework that requires users – both in and outside of the organizational network – to continuously be authenticated, authorized, and validated to get and keep their access to applications and data. Zero trust embeds security throughout the architecture to prevent malicious entities from accessing your most critical assets.
Related Reading: Why It’s Time to Adopt Zero Trust Architecture
File Transfer Automation Benefits for the Enterprise
With the higher volume of file transfers enterprises execute each day, automating the process can help you better manage this critical business operation. As a bonus – automating file transfers can also help reduce or even eliminate the risk of human error that comes with tedious, manual data processing.
Automation can simplify and streamline these tasks so that your staff can focus on higher-level priorities, and potentially save costs and time. Outdated, clunky scripts and homegrown processes and legacy tools can all be eliminated in favor of a centralized, automatic file transfer solution.
In addition to scheduling when files should be automatically sent or retrieved, a secure file transfer solution, like GoAnywhere lets you also monitor folders both on-premises and in the cloud, respond to trigger events with emails or SMS alerts, and lets you test and debug your automatic workflows.
High Availability and Clustering
With high availability your enterprise can be assured that any online outages don’t impact your flow of communication and data exchanges.
Clustering two or more GoAnywhere MFT installations creates a distributed environment that enterprises can use to handle file transfer services. Why cluster? You’ll get greater high availability with true active-active support. In addition, workloads are distributed across multiple systems with load balancing, ensuring business keeps moving, no matter what.
Enterprise operations depend on reliability of their technical resources. The automation delivered through an MFT solution ensures the business processes critical to your operations can continue successfully.
Reduced Risk of Human Error
People are critical to your enterprise, but human error around business-critical processes is a real possibility. By freeing up your staff to focus on higher level priorities versus mundane, repetitive, and prone-to-error file transfer responsibilities, enterprises can take a proactive step towards error and risk reduction. Setting up file transfer tasks to be automated alleviates the need for human intervention. This can also help prevent access by unauthorized individuals and potential data breaches.
Help in Meeting Compliance Obligations
No matter your enterprise’s industry, there are bound to be at least a few compliance requirements you need to meet. Regulated industries, such as healthcare, transportation, finance, and others, face even more. Whether your organization needs to address GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSs, FISMA, SOX, or GLBA compliance regulations, a secure file transfer solution can help avoid heavy sanctions and large fines. GoAnywhere delivers the file transfer encryption, monitoring, detailed audit logs and reporting, granular user permissions, and flexible options for sending files securely to help meet stringent requirements.
GoAnywhere is an Award-Winning Enterprise Scale Solution
The annual Security Excellence Awards recognized Fortra’s Secure ICAP Gateway and GoAnywhere MFT with its Enterprise Security Solution award in 2020. The awards celebrate the achievements of the IT industry's leading security companies, solutions, products, and personalities and recognizes Fortra's Secure ICAP Gateway and GoAnywhere MFT solution as being innovative, comprehensive, and the most widely adopted enterprise-grade security solution on the market.
This unique, integrated security combination give file transfers an unprecedented security and oversight throughout a file’s journey. It streamlines, secures, and automates data exchanges between systems, customers, and partners.
Related Reading: MFT + Secure ICAP Gateway: A Powerful Security Duo
Set Your Enterprise Up for File Transfer Success with GoAnywhere MFT
GoAnywhere MFT is an all-in-one technology that automates and encrypts file transfers from a centralized dashboard. Not only does it simplify the completion of critical business initiatives, but it reduces the time spent on manual file transfers, in-house processes, and more.
See how this enterprise file transfer solution can benefit you today.