A Secure Alternative to Dropbox – Welcome to Managed File Transfer
Once again here we are discussing Dropbox as they attempt to minimise the damage to the company brand following the latest reports announcing a further security breach.
Dropbox announced yesterday on their blog that after hiring some “outside experts” to investigate why certain Dropbox users were getting spam to their non-public Dropbox email addresses, the experts concluded that a Dropbox employee’s account was hacked and the details were lifted from a project document. No details were provided on the numbers of users affected, what other information was compromised or why account details were stored in an unencrypted document.
Ordinarily we’re singing the praise of managed file transfer solutions as an alternative to custom built, cumbersome, unsupported, legacy FTP servers. However, a quick search on Google this morning showed me that perhaps more people are now searching the internet for a secure alternative to Dropbox, likely due to the broadcast of recent security issues.
A business’ decision to select Dropbox or any other cloud based technology for storing and sharing company data, should be taken with caution. Cloud based solutions in general offer significantly more advanced features than your average in house managed file transfer solution, which end users have grown accustomed to. Why? Because they’re developing for a single, controlled environment over which the vendor has complete control whereas a managed file transfer vendor has to develop for multiple server based operating systems and the QA process can be lengthy, thus inhibiting progress of a product.
There are however a number of reasons why a greater degree of security can be achieved by deploying an in house managed file transfer solution, here are four of them:
- It’s not a big Cloud brand target with hundreds and thousands of users
- Data is stored local to you and you have complete control over the security policies
- Access is securely controlled by AD/LDAP and other user group contained within corporate authentication tools
- Reporting and blacklisting tools mean that hackers can be monitored and banned very quickly
If you are concerned about the lack security, control, auditing and governance of your business data then speak to Pro2col. We can help to analyse your requirements, select the most appropriate vendors and assist right through the evaluation process and beyond. Managed File Transfer is fast becoming a necessary business tool and is certainly a more than adequate alternative to Dropbox.