Online File Sharing Increases Security Threats

June 26, 2012 | Posted in File Sharing | By

Last week Symantec posted the results of their 2011 SMB File Sharing Survey, revealing that online file sharing poses the greatest security risk to SMBs. These results do not come as a surprise, as unsecure and unregulated freemium file sharing services (with millions of simultaneous users on a shared platform) have crept onto corporate networks at an unprecedented pace—74 percent of survey respondents said “they adopted online file sharing to bolster their own productivity”. The problem is that the employees concern for boosting their productivity takes precedent over corporate security. In fact 61 percent, of the 1,325 organizations surveyed, said that employees are the ones making the decision about which file sharing services are being used. The problem is that

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Beyond Compliance – The Cloud Delivers

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Cloud, Content Delivery, Enterprise, Secure Platform | By

According to the InformationWeek 2012 Strategic Security Survey, the biggest challenge for security teams is not about meeting compliance demands, and preventing breaches, but it’s managing complexity, risk management and handling security challenges.  This comes after an era in which a large percentage of organizations looked at security purely from a compliance-based approach–enacting minimal-requirements to comply with government and industry regulations. A good proportion of companies have met the established security guidelines/specifications, but by failing to implement a risk-management approach they are still plagued with huge technical and/or administrative threats.  And now with mobile devices entering the workforce security threats have increased even further.  Not only may IT administrators be unaware that these devices are connected to their corporate network,

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Big Data & MFT

June 1, 2012 | Posted in Big Data, Enterprise, MFT | By

In recent posts, I have talked at length about “Big” files and the issues around the transport and management of such data sizes, but now is the time to talk about “Big” data.   The market is well aware of the pros and cons of traditional methods to address the file transfer challenges and the resulting Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions.  However, along with the many benefits of implementing a MFT solution come side effects in the form of additional data silos.  These silos while created to protect sensitive data with such tools as encryption, multi-factor authentication, and data abstraction invariably obscure a significant and sizable amount of data from the landscape of Big Data tool sets and ancillary solutions. Let’s

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BYOD to Work…Really?

May 21, 2012 | Posted in Business Applications, Dropbox, Enterprise, Managed File Transfer | By

I know that consumerization is spreading though out the enterprise, but none the less I was shocked to see in the Cisco IBSG Horizons Study that a staggering 95% of respondents (600 U.S. IT and business leaders), said their organizations permit employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace. With company security breaches at unprecedented highs, I find it amazing that IT and business leaders are accepting, and in some cases embracing, the idea of “bring your own device” (BYOD) to work. Further the survey revealed that not only do enterprises allow employee-owned devices, but according to 84% of respondents, they provide some level of support for these gadgets– 36% of those surveyed provide full support. Thanks

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Transfer Large Files 2.5 Times Faster

May 11, 2012 | Posted in FTP, Large File Transfers, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

I’m continuously amazed with the number of tweets I see from business professionals devouring way too many cups of coffee as they impatiently wait hours, and sometimes days, for large files to transfer to their recipient(s) across/outside the country.  Angry tweets begin to emerge when it looks like the file is transferring fine but then the transfer stalls and eventually aborts. With the global distribution of personnel commonly found in enterprises today, it’s no wonder that organizations are increasingly faced with more technological challenges.  And the requirement to quickly and securely share important business files containing ever-larger volumes of data with global associates, customers, and business partners continues to grow.  Email, FTP, VPN and freemium file sharing methods were not

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Why Antivirus Matters

April 25, 2012 | Posted in Dropbox, Managed File Transfer, Megaupload | By

As pointed out before, in this blog and when covering this space at Gartner, most consumer file sharing solutions (several well-known vendors) allow files to be uploaded to their platform without antivirus (AV) and malware scans!  You might think that this is not an issue, because your company scans for malware at the gateway and at the desktop, so what is the risk here? The problem is not when employees are working in your corporate environment, it is when they sync corporate data to other devices (bring your own device to work) when outside the network.  Employees work from platforms which are not supported by corporate IT policies or protected by corporate security defenses; however they are commonly used to  share

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Consumer Dropbox in the Enterprise

April 2, 2012 | Posted in Cloud, Dropbox, Managed File Transfer, Megaupload, MFT | By

At first glance, consumer Dropbox tools are convenient and easy-to-use, allowing users to share video, music, and private content with family and friends within minutes. It’s no wonder individuals bring these seemingly harmless tools into the workplace. However, consequences arise when these tools are inadvertently used to circumvent corporate security and policies. Security and Compliance Companies are exposing themselves to unnecessary financial and legal threats by unknowingly allowing consumer Dropbox type tools onto the corporate network. Many customers do not understand that software  itself does not undergo testing for regulations such as HIPPA, PCI, and SOX, but that the company must be tested for compliance. While the software alone cannot ensure a company will meet internal controls and stipulations required

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Government Budget Crisis? Move Services to the Cloud!

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Cloud, g-cloud | By

In previous blogs we have focused on the increasing adoption of Cloud services by businesses to reduce capital and operating costs.  However, for governments with budgets and funding under intense public scrutiny, the strains on capital and resources are magnified. Furthermore procurement practices have historically resulted in lengthy, expensive inflexible contracts and the procurement process itself had the potential to filter out smaller yet capable vendors. Governments worldwide are now leveraging the benefits of Cloud computing to offer improved public services (e-government) to citizens and business while reducing their costs.  As an example, in an overview of their strategy for cloud computing, the UK Government says of their G-Cloud Programme; “Cloud computing has brought about a step change in the

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What is Managed File Transfer?

February 16, 2012 | Posted in FTP, Large File Transfers, Managed File Transfer | By

There has been an increased buzz around what Managed File Transfer is and how it improves security, speed, and manageability of moving large files. This talk is drawing the attention of an increasing number of business executives and managers, often unfamiliar with this term. If this is applies to you, continue to read. As defined by Gartner: “Managed file transfer software and services enable users to manage and monitor file transfers within and between organizations.” MFT provides performance enhancements at a bare minimum to these four areas listed below: Large Files and volumes of files can be sent effortlessly using MFT solutions, and often with little or no downtime, a far improved alternative to traditional file transfer solutions, such as

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Why Companies Should Fear Consumer File Transfer

February 15, 2012 | Posted in FTP, Managed File Transfer, MFT | By

“Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski has sued a former partner and his new firm, Stevens & Lee, for allegedly installing software on Elliott Greenleaf’s computers that allows the partner to have continued access to the firm’s files in the “cloud.” The article describes how users took advantage of DropBox’s ability to be installed on any computer and consequently under the radar of IT, whereby a link was created to steal data from a former employer. This was achieved by using DropBox to synchronize files from the internal network and making these accessible outside the firewall. In this particular case it meant, “secured” files were made accessible to employees after leaving the firm. According to the article, this was not done by

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