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Managed File Transfer Maxim: Know Your File Transfer Frequency/Volume

Anyone involved in the search for a Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution knows that the MFT process is becoming increasingly complex. Previously, we’ve discussed some crucial aspects of the MFT process. Today, I’d like to introduce you to another key issue--the volume and frequency of file transfers. (more)

Ten Industry Experts Weigh In On How To Fix Cybersecurity

It seems every week we hear and read about new data or security breaches. The impact a breach can have on a business of any size could be devastating with the consequences including financial and reputational risks ranging from significant to catastrophic. If your company transfers files and sensitive data, you need to understand the risks involved and know how to proactively reduce those risks. (more)

Follow my Mom’s Advice When it Comes to Updating Your Data Security Software

My mom and dad were different in certain respects, especially when it came to household finances. My dad was frugal, which I attribute to the struggles he faced as the oldest of seven kids working on a small family farm during the depression. My mom was frugal, too, but she developed a keen sense of knowing when it was wise to “invest” in a certain aspect of the home or family. Her way of conveying that to my dad was to say: “Vernon (my dad’s name), don’t be penny wise and pound foolish.” (more)

FTP vs. MFT: Gaining Control of Your Organization’s Data

Is it a good practice to transmit data using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP)?  bTrade, as well as most IT professionals, answer this question with a resounding:  “No!”  In fact, we would tell you that relying solely on FTP to transmit data exposes an organization to very clear risks (i.e., lack of visibility and reliability) and would pose very serious challenges with controlling the high costs associated with managing/maintaining such processes. (more)

Anti-Virus is Dead

Symantec, the inventor of commercial antivirus software, has publicly disclosed that antivirus tactics have been rendered largely ineffective. The disclosure came from Brian Dye, Symantec's senior vice president for information security, during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Dye said that because antivirus tactics catch only about 45% of cyber attacks, he considers antivirus “dead.” Yes, that’s right, the company that invented antivirus software and still derives a big chunk of its revenues from antivirus software, has declared it all but dead. (more)

OpenSSL Heartbleed Vulnerability Does Not Affect bTrade Customers

The OpenSSL vulnerability announced on April 7, 2014, also referred to as the Heartbleed bug (CVE-2014-0160), gives hackers the opportunity to obtain the encryption keys used to secure content that is transmitted over SSL/TLS sessions.  SSL continues to be under attack.  Heartbleed follows BEAST, as well as a few other known bugs reported  in SSL.  Scores of applications/websites have been affected by Heartbleed, and will continue to be affected for days to come. (more)

What Directors Think About Data Security and Cyber Risk

NYSE Governance Services collaborated with partners on a revealing survey of directors who serve on the boards of US-based, publicly traded companies.  The survey, named “What Directors Think,” analyzes directors’ opinions on a variety of topics.  Given that this blog is called MFT Nation, we will focus on those topics near and dear to our hearts—managed file transfer (“MFT”), information technology (“IT”) and data security. (more)

Do I Need Managed File Transfer?

So much data, so little time.  If only it were that simple. Whether you need to invest in a managed file transfer (MFT) solution is not just about the volume of data you are moving, but the nature of the data and the environments through which the data is being moved.  Asking the following questions might make it easier to answer the larger question of “Do I need an MFT solution?” (more)