How can Managed File Transfer Software support your Cybersecurity Strategy?
For an average company, 80% of data exists as files and 30% of business critical processes involve file transfers. The demand on technology to craft business solutions is ever growing, which we’ve seen with the rise of remote working. However, this can allow for greater risks to businesses such as data theft and loss, data breaches and vulnerability to sophisticated malware attacks. Now is the time to ensure your cybersecurity strategy and software tools are able to protect your data infrastructure as best as possible.
Preventing Data Breaches with MFT Cloud Software
There has been some notable data breach horror stories, for example, the 2017 RNC data breach. The data firm they used placed an unencrypted database containing the information of 198 million American voters on an equally unsecured AWS server. If the firm had routinely monitored the cloud for vulnerabilities, the breach could’ve been prevented.
What is a Cybersecurity Strategy?
A cybersecurity strategy tends to be a high-level plan for how an organization will secure and protect its data infrastructure and assets, usually for a 3 to 5 year period. An effective cybersecurity will require good data awareness, data management, company communication along with frequent updates and checks.
How does MFT Software support a Cybersecurity Strategy?
MFT is something we experience in our every day lives with it powering important functions such as healthcare file transfer, global money market exchanges through to order processing and tracking. MFT software alleviates the complexity of file and data transfers by automatically meeting the security, compliance and performance requirements which are necessary to send and receive important business files and sensitive data.
One important way MFT promotes a strong cybersecurity defence is that MFT uses various methods of encryption (i.e PGP encryptiuon) to secure both the contents of a message, called data layer encryption, and the means of transporting that message, called transport layer encryption.
MFT systems are playing an ever-larger role in organizations, replacing legacy file transfer systems and ad hoc tools with a unified, streamlined approach that eliminates waste and duplication.
What are the Data Security Risks of FTP Custom Scripts?
In the past it has been commonplace for IT departments to adopt a DIY approach to file transfer processes and we can’t blame them. Particularly for a business function that may have been overlooked, under resourced and poorly understood. Early days these may have started with manual processes then evolved to legacy FTP scripted solutions.
Any good future-proofed cybersecurity plan would look to identify these custom scripts as posing a possible risk to the data infrastructure and have a plan to remove or at least reduce the reliance on these scripted solutions. Homegrown scripted solutions are trying to handle an ever increasing number of files transfers and contend with a number of complex integrations.
In addition to a loss of productivity, this can invite a range of issues including a lack of control, data security, compliance and visibility. Ultimately, these will impact on a businesses time, resources and costs.
Isn't SFTP and MFT the same?
There is sometimes a misconception that SFTP and MFT are the same thing, however, this could not be further from the truth. Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is a file protocol for transferring large files over the web by using secure shell encryption to provide a high level of security. Managed File Transfer encompasses a lot more than just being a file transfer protocol. Managed file transfer (MFT) software is a technology platform that enables the secure, reliable, and automated transfer of data between organizations, systems and people. Data reliability, integrity, cyber security and compliance are key fundamentals aspects of any managed file transfer solution.
Can MFT be used to protect Data Security in the Cloud?
The benefits of the cloud have enticed many organizations to adopt, or at least consider, some sort of cloud environment. Gartner forecasts that cloud-deployed organizations will experience fewer security incidents in upcoming years, and in general, cloud-stored data is often considered more secure than data kept on company-run servers.
Managed file transfer (MFT) solutions provide businesses with helpful features such as automation, custom workflows, security settings, audit trails and reports. These features allow businesses to scale up their data exchange requirements and operations, which is especially beneficial when moving to a cloud environment.
It’s important to remember within a cybersecurity strategy that Cloud security is a two-way street. Researching each cloud provider’s cybersecurity methods and selecting the best one for your organization is a vital step toward ensuring your data’s integrity. But it’s not the only step. IT teams are just as responsible for the security of their sensitive business data as the cloud platforms that hold it.
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Secure your File Transfers with Diplomat MFT v9.1
With an intuitive, no-code approach to file transfer and synchronization workflow creation, Diplomat MFT allows anyone to synchronize content over any of Diplomat MFT’s supported protocols, file systems, SFTP, FTP/S, and even cloud storage providers like AWS S3, Google Cloud Storage, and Azure Blobs/Files. This makes it simple for customers who need to make replica copies of files, such as web content, when sharing with other systems.