Limitations of FTP for Secure File Transfer


secure file transfer imageToday, 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. They also do not provide a unified, integrated solution for all internal and external file transfers, which places a continuous burden on IT personnel. Additionally, business users do not have visibility into the file sharing process — they cannot see attempts to add external recipient(s) and track 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 teams also have to spend more time on troubleshooting and testing systems, often investigating multiple FTP and scripts.

The burden on IT is particularly heavy when file transfers are part of workflows which traverse multiple operating environments, transfer partners, or are embedded in the implementation of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) service. This overhead, in combination with an increased focus on compliance and regulations, prompts organizations to look at new ways and technologies to govern file transfers, often due to a combination of the above use cases.

One of those new ways to govern file transfers is with managed file transfer (MFT). Thru, our cloud MFT solution, is much better for IT teams and organizations than using FTP for file transfers. Thru gives your IT team visibility and control of file transfers. They can troubleshoot issues faster and enjoy complete file transfer governance.

To learn more about Thru’s security measures, visit our file transfer security page.


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