MANAGED FILE TRANSFER (MFT)
WHAT IS MFT? (MANAGED FILE TRANSFER)
What is MFT? Managed File Transfer solutions allow data to be transferred in a controlled, secure fashion, both inside and outside an organisation, between systems
The solutions address a wide range of data transfer challenges and are used as the gateway for all inbound and outbound secure data transfers. Common use-cases include secure exchanges of data via a wide range of protocols, automated data workflows, secure ad-hoc transfers, enabling remote access to data securely and much more.
Traditionally, Managed File Transfer software solutions have been delivered as on-premises software installations, enabling tight integration with internal systems. Now cloud solutions are growing in popularity, providing full control over their data and workflows without the infrastructure management. So what is MFT? It’s a critical component in your infrastructure and the answer to your secure data transfer requirements.
- By replacing in-house developed or legacy systems remains the most frequent requirement for our financial services customers. Home-grown solutions are no match for modern MFT solutions that enable processes to be centralised, provide comprehensive auditing and reporting functions and minimise ongoing support overheads by removing the need for custom scripting for example. By reducing the proprietary protocols such as Connect
: Directcan significantly reduce costs, replacing customer-facing systems to communicate with standard protocols such as SFTP.
- Securing data is a regulatory necessity. Using a combination of features, MFT products can secure the data moved between agencies, both in transit and at rest. Data can be moved using a number of different secure methods and by leveraging either automatic encryption using PGP or storing to an encrypted repository with hidden keys, data can be protected at rest. Using the mobile option on many of the MFT systems available, Health Care providers can transfer medical notes between tablet devices and central records, enabling home visitors to update patient notes on site.
- Many MFT solutions have built in compliance settings to help an organisation configure their systems to be PCI compliant. Regular reports check the system for compliance and if a setting is changed that would breach PCI guidelines it will flag the setting and ask for a reason for the change. By moving data to and from stores and POS systems on an automated schedule, all data can be stored centrally at head office, providing a better picture of how each branch is doing and adding another layer of security to the data. This automation can also be used to trigger orders when stock levels get low.
- With MFT solutions being able to connect to smart meters and retrieve data, companies can process information directly removing the need to send round a meter reader. This technology can
thereforecontribute to making “estimated” billinga thing of the past. By integrating directly into their existing data workflows, consolidating their automated file transfer tasks and allowing IT staff to create/administer them via a user friendlyGUI interface, MFT solutions can save utility companies hours of manual processing and ensure securityof personal data mapping against GDPR compliance.
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