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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...

Globalscape Secures New US Army Contract

Globalscape have just announced their latest deal with the US Army.  Supporting the Standard Army Maintenance System-Enhanced (SAMS-E) logistics program, this is the fourth US Army contract that Globalscape have won since 2005. This new contract has the potential to be the company’s largest single deployment if it continues over the next 3 years. “More than 30,000 Army and DoD licenses are used to support various military operations and humanitarian efforts around the world,” said Bill Buie, Globalscape executive vice president of sales and marketing. “We provide mission-critical software solutions, for securely sharing digital files, to thousands of commercial companies and government organisations worldwide. We are particularly proud that the US Army uses our secure file transfer solutions for their logistical and supply needs.” Globalscape solutions enable the SAMS-E program to maintain compliance with federal and US Army and information security regulations. The company’s leading product certifications, such as Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS 140-2) and the US Army Certificate of Networthiness (CoN), give Globalscape a distinct advantage when competing for mission-critical and time-sensitive projects. For more information regarding Globalscape solutions in the UK, contact Pro2col on 0333 123 1240. And don’t hesitate to request a copy of this case study....

New data protection rules could come into force as soon as 2013!

We’ve been aware for a while that EU Data Protection laws were under review. The latest news implies that business may have less time than they think before a new data protection framework is introduced. According to an article published in Computer Weekly, “While negotiations continue in Brussels, compliance and risk managers have no time to waste in preparing for the new rules that could come into force as soon as 2013.” The impending release of this new data protection legislation puts increased pressure on businesses to ensure that they have the right measures in place to protect internal data. Especially since one of the change could potential involve the need to disclose data breach incidents within 24 hours of their discovery. Despite the controversy surrounding this specific part of the proposal, it seems European businesses will almost certainly join their peers in most US states in having to comply with mandatory breach disclosure. Bearing this in mind, the requirement to secure business data will be making it’s way to the top of many companies priority lists. Brand protection and company reputation are invaluable in today’s competitive marketplace and in order to protect this, you’re going to have to protect your data. This can seem like a daunting task, but there are regulations such as ISO 27001 and PCI DSS that provide a framework and a very good set of controls to work with. Although this doesn’t guarantee that you’ll meet the new EU regulations 100%, it gives you a good chance of be close to compliance. At Pro2col, we provide a range of secure file transfer solutions that meet...

Hosted v’s On Premise Managed File Transfer

Over the past couple of years there has been considerable hype around saas, hosted or cloud based solutions – the managed file transfer marketplace has been no different.  We speak to many businesses on a daily basis about their file transfer requirements and inevitably, a number of them ask for a cloud based solution. So we’ve been speaking to a range of our vendors, natural leaders in the software field, but many of them seem unwilling to step out of their traditional marketplace and into the cloud space.  There are of course good reasons for this.  For example, the impact on existing software sales, the responsibility that goes with managing other peoples data and probably most importantly, the size of the market. According to Gartner only 10% of the managed file transfer marketplace actually relies upon a cloud based solution.  With the managed file transfer sector experiencing +20% growth year on year and the shift to cloud solutions not likely to slow any time soon, transition to cloud services could become the next major battlefield for vendors. However as it stands, this certainly isn’t reflected in the managed file transfer marketplace as there are many more software vendors than service providers. If you’re thinking about implementing a hosted or on-premise managed file transfer solution, there are a number key points to consider.  Here are a few to start you off: Cost of Ownership Cost is the number one factor influencing the choice of managed file transfer solution for most businesses.  Implementing and managing an on-premise MFT solution can be pricey, some of the costs to consider are: Software –...

Box, DropBox, YouSendit vs Managed File Transfer: How secure is your data?

File sharing applications are often free or at least cheap, simple to use and very often difficult for an IT department to trace.  This presents a major problem for the enterprise as highlighted in a recent study by Palo Alto Networks which showed that of the 1,636 enterprises surveyed, a staggering 92% of companies had an average of 13 different browser based file sharing applications in use within their network. With recent announcements such as the DropBox security loophole and the MegaUpload service being taken down, the net is closing in on file sharing applications and services, and rightly so.  Pretty much all businesses need to share files with colleagues, customers and trading partners, but at what cost? Recent studies by the Ponemon Institute found that the average data breach costs UK firms £1.9m prompting the question, “what would be the impact of a data breach on your company”? Figure 1 – Most frequently detected browser based file sharing apps Over burdened IT departments throughout the UK are faced with the challenge of enabling their users to carry out day to day tasks, whilst ensuring that their activities don’t compromise the very future of the business they work for.  With legislation surrounding data breaches putting increasing pressure on IT departments and data controllers, the implementation of a secure, managed file transfer solution has never had a higher priority. When it comes to providing users with a simple, secure file transfer solution, we can help.  Pro2col represents a number of managed file transfer vendors here in the UK and has 10 years experience in finding the right solution for businesses.  Whether...

EU Data Breach Laws Set to Toughen

Businesses will be required to inform authorities within 24 hours of a serious data breach according to tough new data protection rules announced during a press conference in Brussels yesterday. “Companies and organisations must notify [authorities] of serious data breaches as soon as possible — and to me, that means within 24 hours,” said Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding. Under the proposed law companies would also be obliged to inform all affected individuals of any data security breach, including unauthorised destruction or loss. Under the Commission’s proposed changes to the 1995 Data Protection Directive, companies can be fined up to €1m (£830,000), or two percent of global turnover, for serious violations of the regulations. In an attempt to provide businesses with much simpler data protection administration throughout Europe, National data authorities will become the primary point of contact for companies dealing with Europe-wide data questions, and the legislation aims to provide a single set of rules for data protection across Europe. The rules need to be approved by the EU’s member states and ratified by the European Parliament before they can come into effect.  ...