Globalscape Webinar – Top Four Ways that MFT Benefits Healthcare Organisations

Organisations within the healthcare industry face intense scrutiny from regulators and consumers in today’s modern data landscape. Given the high premium placed on patients’ medical records, hackers and cybercriminals are looking for any and every vulnerability to exploit. Through a Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution, IT professionals within the healthcare industry can gain the advantage. Join us on this webinar for a strategic insight that you can apply to your healthcare organisation today! Webinar Overview The healthcare industry faces the immense challenge of preventing continuous data breaches from attempts by hackers or through human error. While the prevention of data breaches continues to be a priority for any IT professional managing the network and data of a healthcare organisation, ensuring operational efficiency and productivity is equally important. A managed file transfer (MFT) solution can help an IT professional implement a data management strategy that includes a focus on efficiency, reliability, security, and compliance for all data activity. You’ll leave this webinar with: Current healthcare industry challenges with data movement The top four ways that a healthcare organisation can benefit from a MFT solution How Globalscape supports the healthcare industry Event Type: Live Webinar Event Date: Wednesday 21st January – 1200Hrs CST Review this Webinar...

Managed File Transfer in Action – Scenario #2

Helping Formula 1 To Move Data Quickly & Securely The world of Formula 1 (F1) racing is one of high speeds, high stakes and leading edge technology. Drivers like Lewis Hamilton, are just the public face of a much larger team put together to build a car to go faster than their competitors. With stakes so high, racing teams are looking for ways in which they can gain a competitive edge. Data plays a key part in F1. Each car has hundreds of sensors monitoring every aspect of the car, generating data on fuel load, tyre temperature, brake performance and much, much more. During a race this data is typically streamed back to race HQ enabling in-race, real-time decisions to be made about race strategy. However the sensors create a large amount of data during pre-season testing, in simulation environments, before the race and during qualification, all of which needs analysing using the specialist analysis and decision support tools. The data produced is valuable, very valuable. The performance of the team has a clear, measurable impact on the prize money received but what’s not quite so easy to quantify is the affect on the brand. The prize money available to the racing teams on its own is astronomical. In the 2014 season nearly $900m of prize money was split between the top 10 teams, Ferrari won the prize money race, with $164m, even though they finished fourth in the constructors championship due to a special agreement with F1. 2014 Prize Money Source: Formula Money Typically racing teams spend much of the year in countries around the world where Internet connectivity...

Managed File Transfer in Action – Scenario #1

Automatically Download Files Via SFTP, Delete & Notify The cost to the business of not having data where you need it, when you need it, can be very significant. Downstream processes, whether automated or manual, that rely on data that isn’t available can’t run. At best it creates a bottleneck or in extreme scenarios processes stop completely, unable to proceed without the next set of instructions. In a simple scenario this could amount to a day of orders not processed or jobs not being allocated to drivers. The cost could run into the tens of thousands of pounds or more. Real Life Use Case – Utilities Company We have countless customers that use the automated collection of data feature of managed file transfer (MFT), but one springs to mind with an interesting use case. We implemented a MFT solution at a Utilities company to automatically pick files up from a council. The files were wayleaves, which provided confirmation whether they had been granted permission to access certain locations to repair water leaks. The process they had in place initially was manual and not always completed daily, resulting in site visits to repair leaks being delayed. How Can Managed File Transfer Help? Addressing this issue was a relatively easy process and can be achieved in the better MFT solutions available. In this instance we scheduled the automatic collection or download of the required files from the council servers via SFTP. The process would have looked something like this: Log on to SFTP* server Navigate to the correct folder defined by the path provided Download only the files needed to a...

What is Managed File Transfer?

So, what is Managed File Transfer and why is it important? In the digital economy, more than a third of all business-critical processes involve file transfers. Managed File Transfer is a solution to enable the secure transfer of data between two or more locations, connected via a network. It is typically delivered as on-site software but can also be also offered as a cloud-service. Managed File Transfer offers a comprehensive set of features aimed at replacing: insecure, legacy FTP servers, home-grown, bespoke file transfer solutions, physical shipment of media (e.g. USB devices, DVD’s & HDD’s), consumer grade cloud based services, large email attachments or the installation of expensive point to point leased lines and VANs. Managed File Transfer can be a powerful business enabler that reduces costs and risk, improves efficiency and agility, and opens the door to new mobile, cloud and big data initiatives. A recent study by Aberdeen Group* showed that 65% of businesses that implemented Managed File Transfer, did so to improve productivity. Managed File Transfer solutions typically have a range of features, which enhance productivity whilst also improving security. For example they: Centralised support for multiple file transfer protocols including FTP/S, OFTP, SFTP, SCP, AS2, and HTTP/S. Encryption of files throughout the file transfer process (in transfer, at rest even through automation), is managed centrally via a simple to use software interface. Automate file transfer processes with trading partners, from payroll to planning. Detect and handle failed file transfers including notification and initiating remedial action. Authenticate users against existing user repositories such as LDAP and Active Directory Integrate to existing applications using documented APIs (application...

[Updated – 2015] Managed File Transfer Comparison Guide

Managed File Transfer Comparison Guide [Updated – 2015] Our independently researched managed file transfer comparison guide been updated for 2015. The guide aims to enable businesses of all shapes and sizes to quickly review eight of the leading managed file transfer solutions. This isn’t a definitive guide of all the available MFT solutions, but it does include some of the most cost effective, popular products in one place for you to review. The guide is split into three sections and provides an insight into the main questions we’re asked on a daily basis.  The first section is ‘Solution Basics’; these are the key questions that more or less everyone asks us, when looking for a Managed File Transfer solution.  The second section focuses on “Business Strategy”; this section is intended to prompt you to think about how your solution will be impacted by other policies within the business.  Finally the third section, “Technical Detail”, looks at some of the key features of managed file transfer solutions at a more granular level. This guide covers many of the most frequently asked questions, but naturally we can only include so much detail.  By the end of this document you should however, have a clearer view of what specific features you need from your Managed File Transfer solution and which vendors are a good fit. Once you’ve reviewed the comparison guide, I encourage you to review our other free resources, e.g. ‘Building a business case for Managed File Transfer’ and ’Getting started with Managed File Transfer’. It’s highly likely that you’ll have many more questions and our team of sales and technical...
EU ruling finds Safe Harbor agreement unfit for purpose – what does this mean for your data?

EU ruling finds Safe Harbor agreement unfit for purpose – what does this mean for your data?

We’ve been having conversations internally, with customers and suppliers about the recent EU ruling on the Safe Harbour agreement for moving data between the EU and the US. For those of you that missed the recent ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) found that the US Safe Harbor rules did not meet the requirements of the Data Protection Directive. The regulation is still in consultation and with the adoption date at the end of this year, there could well be some movement and further guidance provided. The ruling presents global companies with a bit of a problem as to whether they should continue to share EU data with US organisations and services. This presents significant issues for over 4,500 companies including global cloud based file exchange platforms such as Dropbox, Box, Google, Amazon and others. Data residing on European servers is automatically and systematically, copied to US data centres for redundancy and backup requirements. What’s wrong with this I hear you ask? Well the underlying issue being that the US Patriot Act takes supremacy for any US company, which essentially means that they have access to any data on US soil that they want to access. European businesses rightly need to consider whether their data should continue to exist in a cloud based solution, provided by a US company. The alternative is to secure their data, with an on premises/private cloud solution, where control and access to encryption & security keys is held by the data owner. This applies to many different business critical applications – and probably represents the only real way of combating the Patriot Act. Our internal discussions...