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Managed File Transfer and Document Exchange—Secure, Traceable, Easy to Use

Managed file transfer and exchange: Internal intra-server transfers with FileXpress Platform Server

File transfer, one of the most commonly adopted software technologies worldwide, is used for file and document exchange between your different IT systems and over the Internet. But transferring files with basic technology like FTP and email is limiting; its security and tracking capabilities are fundamentally inadequate. It lacks the management, control, and integration capabilities needed to support today’s requirements for reliability, speed, complex workflows, and security.

If you are using an outdated file transfer or exchange solution, it’s likely that proprietary data, as well as confidential legal documents, patient data, or financial transactions, are at risk. An outdated solution could also cause system outages and loss of competitive edge–discrediting your organization’s reliability with partners and customers. Stringent security requirements, coupled with the shortfalls of basic file transfer technology, have dramatically increased the importance of an advanced file transfer strategy.

Traditional File Exchange Methods Fall Short

While many companies recognize the importance of file transfer technology, the adoption of an advanced solution is often delayed. Some companies use file transfer protocol (FTP), old file transfer applications, or message-based transfers to meet their file transfer needs. But these technologies often fall short when it comes to transferring large files. Take FTP, for example:

  • FTP does not offer a recovery mechanism when transfers fail.
  • FTP offers no centralized management options for scripts that automate transfers; for example, you cannot centrally manage where scripts reside, what they do, or how they’re working. 
  • FTP cannot pick up interrupted transfers where they left off. 
  • FTP slows to a near halt when network latency increases. 
  • FTP includes no provision for data encryption, which means that sensitive data is easily exposed in transit.

What’s more, traditional file transfer approaches are often unable to exchange large email attachments and increased network traffic. In fast-paced business environments, these shortfalls can dramatically impact an organization’s productivity and hinder relationships with business partners.

 

Managed and Secure File Transfer

MFT Educational Resources

Customer Story

Hastings Direct Deploys FileXpress
Learn how insurance broker Hastings Direct grew B2B file transfers, strengthened security, and saved about £500K per year with Attachmate FileXpress.

Use Cases

MFT in the Real World
These real-world use cases illustrate how organizations are using FileXpress to solve a variety of common file transfer problems.

Whiteboard Video

Besieged by File Transfer Demands?
This video shows how Attachmate FileXpress software enables partner-friendly file exchanges of any size with centralized support for multiple platforms, protocols, and security standards.

Osterman Research Report

Making File Transfer Easier, Compliant and More Secure
This report highlights the need for finding an alternative to email for user-driven file transfers and offers tips for selecting the right solution.

Realtime Publishers Essential Series

Controlling Costs, Improving Compliance, and Streamlining Integration with Managed File Transfer
This three-article series explains how managed file transfer supports innovative ways of working with your data resources.

Realtime Publishers Shortcut Guide

Eliminating Insecure and Unreliable File Transfer Methods
This four-chapter guide examines how common file transfer practices undermine the efficiency and security of business operations.

Bank Security Podcast

How to Secure FTP
Bank leaders from M&T Bank and Wells Fargo, along with security experts from Attachmate, offer strategies for dealing with FTP's shortfalls.

 

What to Look for in a Managed File Transfer Solution

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Managed file transfer (MFT) software is quickly emerging as one of the most effective file exchange strategies available. In addition to protecting sensitive data, MFT software facilitates compliance, improves reliability, and helps to increase IT productivity. Given the vulnerability of data in motion, organizations need to consider the following factors when evaluating a managed file transfer solution:

  1. Support for the growing demands of partners and customers. As your business-to-business interactions increase, so will your file transfer requirements. Support for multiple platforms, secure communications, user-interface options, and scalability is essential to an organization’s file transfer strategy.
  2. Complete reliability. In a perfect world, file transfers would be reliable, accurate, complete, and timely. But all too often, the file transfer process is missing one of these critical elements. Capabilities such as automated retries, packet-level data integrity checks, exception alerts, and file transfer queuing will provide the reliability needed to detect problems, notify senders, and recover transfers when transmissions fail.
  3. Support for internal and external security mandates. Every time data moves across the network, there’s risk involved. It’s important to choose an MFT solution that provides comprehensive support for the latest authentication, authorization, and encryption technologies. The solution should also include a full set of security protocols, including HTTPS, FTPS, SFTP, and PGP over FTP.
  4. Ease of use. When evaluating different solutions, it’s important to ask these key questions: Is this file exchange solution easy to deploy and manage? Does the solution offer detailed reporting and auditing capabilities? How convenient is the recipient experience? An effective MFT solution will provide a positive user experience for partners, customers, and employees. It will also reduce or even eliminate manual effort on the part of the user.

Managed file transfer and exchange: Internet-based file exchanges

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