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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The Limitations of FTP Servers

February 3, 2012 | Posted in Cloud, FTP, Large File Transfers, MFT | By

Today many organizations still rely on traditional File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers to circumvent email size limitations. These legacy systems do not offer any central visibility or provide a unified, integrated solution for all internal and external file transfers, placing a continuous burden on IT personnel. Additionally, business users do not have visibility into the file sharing process such as attempts to add external recipient(s) and tracking of non-repudiation. Typically multiple FTP servers are utilized for dedicated internal and external communication due to security concerns or firewall limitations. In these cases business users need IT assistance to facilitate transfers from internal FTP servers to external users. Due to these additional implementations, IT organizations also have to spend more time on

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The Freemium Service Creeps into the Enterprise

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Business Applications, Enterprise, Managed File Transfer, Megaupload, Secure Platform | By

Feds Shutter Megaupload, Arrest Executives Megaupload was based on a consumerization model, aka freemium service. This is where a vendor supports “free” users, working to convert the “free” users into paying customers.  By offering a freemium model, the task of governing millions of users and what they upload & download is simply impossible, not to mention costly. What we have seen is that the easy accessibility of these types of services becomes very attractive to a large percentage of the population and will often creep into the corporate environment.  According to The Application Usage and Risk Report by Palo Alto Networks, which monitored a week’s worth of traffic at 1,636 medium to large size businesses around the world, Megaupload traffic

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Lotusphere 2012 – Great Geek Challenge

January 3, 2012 | Posted in Cloud, Geek Challenge, Lotus Notes, Lotusphere 2012 | By

At Lotusphere 2012, we are excited to sponsor the Nerd Girls’ Great Geek Challenge.  This year’s event promises to be another fun and challenging evening as both nerd girls and boys come out and test their knowledge while enjoying food and drinks.  There is no need to register, just show up at the Fountain Restaurant in the Dolphin Hotel on Tuesday, January 17th before 8PM to enter your name into the drawing for the $200 Amazon Gift Certificate and secure your seat at a geek table.  Our own nerd boy, John Herr (who spent New Year’s Eve watching a marathon of the Big Bang Theory), will be at the event representing Thru, Inc.  We look forward to seeing if he

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What’s Driving Companies to the Cloud?

December 29, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, Managed File Transfer, MFT, PaaS, Secure Platform | By

Earlier this year Bitcurrent–an analyst firm focusing on emerging technologies and how to put them to work–released a survey which provides some insight into why companies (of various sizes) are adopting the cloud.  The survey was not comprehensive, but provides some interesting points and coincides with what Thru, Inc. is seeing with regards to why organizations are moving their electronic file management and file transfers to the cloud. In the managed file transfer market (closely aligned to the survey) Thru is seeing that most of the companies we engage with are moving to the cloud because of its elasticity, quick deployment time, and lower costs.   Furthermore, we are seeing that companies with globally dispersed teams and worldwide partners are adopting

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Thru’s MFT – Built on Key Features

December 12, 2011 | Posted in Cloud, Large File Transfers, Managed File Transfer, MFT, Secure Platform | By

I keep reading about managed file transfer (MFT) vendors adding new features–the latest ones include:  antivirus, the ability for customers to upload/download over 2 gigabytes from any Web browser, analytics with reporting, and better security.  Several claim to be the first to introduce these features, but Thru’s cloud-based MFT solution, for the enterprise, was built on these features ten years ago. Take antivirus, Thru has been using Symantec for years to secure files sent and received by anyone using the Thru Cloud (incidentally, it is a “true Cloud” solution). Thru can also plug-in to any antivirus solution, by the request of a customer, it is part of the design. 2GB upload and download in the browser, not a problem.  Thru has been doing this for

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