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5 Ways Secure Managed File Transfer Can Improve Your Business

With an increased focus on IT security, the use of FTP solutions is being re-examined by businesses across all vertical sectors. SecureManaged File Transfer(MFT) closes the gap by securing the end-to-end management of data transfers – from provisioning through transmission, ensuring guaranteed delivery – across your business and with trading partners. Discover why your data is likely at risk and how with a properly automated secure MFT, you can resolve exisiting problems as well as anticipate and address potential issues.

Secure Managed File Transfer can protect and improve your business in 5 important ways:

1) Improves business flexibility

You can respond more quickly to business opportunities, such as winning a new customer that has exacting security requirements. You can rapidly respond to evolving security requirements created by changes in your industry, changes in your customers’ industries, or changes in public perception.

2) Lowers operating costs and reduces waste

You can eliminate multiple, unnecessary FTP servers and consolidate secure file transfer capacity – for both internal and external transfers – in one centrally managed and governed system. You can reduce the need for IT administrators and for demands on the IT Help Desk. You can automatically apply the right level of security to every data transfer, optimizing network capacity and resources.

3) Prevents business disruption

You can reduce security problems that disrupt business operations and deliveries or cause profit leakage from service level agreement (SLA) violations. Instead, you can proactively identify and fix problems before they disrupt business – or land you in the headlines for privacy or security violations. Because of improved audit-and-trace capabilities, you can also recover more quickly in the event of a problem and ace audits that previously could have taken the business and your people offline for days.

4) Strengthens and simplifies compliance

You can establish automated policies that govern data transfers to meet various regulatory equirements such as HIPAA (health data), Sarbanes-Oxley and GLBA (financial data), Global PCI DSS (payment card and credit-card data), and the California Security Breach Notification Act and Massachusetts Encryption Mandate (consumer privacy and data protection). You can also create policies to meet special customer mandates. For example, secure data transfer via SFTP or OFTP and to enforce enterprise security mandates, such as using dual-factor authentication or DMZ policy compliance. Automated policies can simplify regular or spot audits and help you proactively identify issues and fix problems before an auditor or a customer discovers them first.

5) Provides competitive leverage

You can add new partners more quickly, because you can meet their security needs more easily. You can demonstrate that you’re a safe partner or vendor and even create new applications or value-added services that feature enhanced security.

SEEBURGER can help you design a secure Managed File Transfer strategy and solution that fits your business structure, processes and stakeholders. We leverage open standards for simplified integration to keep implementation costs surprisingly low.

Want to learn more?
Download our Managed File Transfer Business Whitepaper to learn how SEEBURGER customers in various industries have successfully solved their file transfer issues.

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About the Author:

Frank Jelinek is VP Solution Management of SEEBURGER, a global market leader in business integration software. Frank is an integration specialist, solution management professional and mentor with over 20 years of national and international experience. The focus on solutions that create value and customer-centric thinking is the core of his professional actions.