In our last few blog posts, we’ve explored potential options and solutions for file transfer platforms. However, we wanted to specifically emphasize the comparison between MFT (Managed File Transfer)/MFTaaS (Managed File Transfer as a Service) and EFSS (Enterprise File Sync and Share). Some key terms we hear regularly in IT conversations - specifically about data/information or file sharing/transfer - are MFT (Managed File Transfer), MFTaaS (Managed File Transfer as a Service) and EFSS (Enterprise File Sync and Share). Both MFT and EFSS can be implemented on premise, in the public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, while MFTaaS is marketed as a SaaS option where your organization is procuring the management and software from a vendor such as FTP Today to remove the additional management load of infrastructure, platform, configuration and monitoring from administrators. Additionally, all these solutions are going to be used for transferring or sharing data/information, files, etc. to/from multiple devices, locations, users, organizations, but EFSS stands in contrast to MFT/MFTaaS. An additional concern for IT being burdened with the task of deciding if EFSS or MFT/MFTaaS is the more secure option. This is caused by the rise of external information security regulations and internal increases in security posture requiring more robust cybersecurity defense. There is confusion around the resemblance of these solutions. Can these solutions be used synonymously? When should you use one or the other? Do these solutions do the same thing? We wrote this blog to hopefully clear up some of these questions!
What is File Transfer + File Sharing? File sharing is the practice of sharing or enabling access to digital media, including documents, video files, graphics, etc. Anytime you are moving one or multiple files, documents, etc. from one place to another you are executing a transfer if information! Isn’t this exciting stuff? What is Secure File Transfer + File Sharing? Secure file sharing is the act of sharing information (files, folders, etc.) digitally and securely by protecting this information from unauthorized users, intruders, and other malicious manners. When a business or organization needs to share or transfer confidential information to specific person or group it becomes the utmost importance to ensure you are transferring information and sharing files securely.
Are you trying to select a new file sharing solution, but you have a few questions first? Explore these common questions about file sharing solutions and find out their answers.
The search for a secure file-sharing solution can lead you all over the internet. As moving to the cloud and SaaS applications have grown in importance in the 21st century, so has the ecosystem of Managed File Transfer and online FTP providers and other services that can help with safe, secure file storage and sharing. Files.com and ExaVault are two of the providers you may come across, along with FTP Today. However, the ecosystem has become a little smaller as Files.com just announced that it has acquired ExaVault. This indicates that significant changes are coming over the next 12 months with regard to ExaVault’s application and to its customers, including being migrated to Files.com’s application and pricing. This may leave many of ExaVault’s customers looking for ExaVault alternatives.
File transfer protocol has been around for decades. But FTP as originally conceived was not necessarily a secure way to transfer files between two parties. Things are different today. Organizations that need a secure protocol for transferring files have access to plenty of FTP alternatives that can get the job done. In this post, we will walk through your secure FTP alternatives, and we will also provide guidance on how to set up a secure FTP system for your business. If you have any questions about secure FTP, you can always reach out to us to learn more.
Large enterprises operating in the cloud need compliant and secure environments for transferring sensitive files: files that include personal information, proprietary information, HIPPA-protected information, information related to national defense, plus more. These large corporations might have the expertise, but typically don’t have the time needed to build and secure their own file-sharing systems. In-house team members are typically being pulled in a multitude of directions by other business units, which is what makes enterprise FTP solutions and platforms so attractive. Enterprise FTP solutions can provide the high number of concurrent connections, plentiful user licenses and large amounts of storage that large businesses require. What specifically should you be looking for in enterprise FTP solutions? Here's a 7-point checklist of must-haves for large companies exploring file transfer solutions.
Corporate servers are loaded with sensitive information. If this information falls into the wrong hands, it could lead to regulatory violations, breach-related liability and even embarrassing headlines. An ecosystem of frameworks and protocols has grown out of the need for secure data storage and sharing. FTPS is one of those protocols used to protect data in transit. But how does FTPS work? And what makes it different from other file-sharing protocols? We’ll address those questions and others below. Continue reading to learn more about your options for secure file storage and sharing, and get in touch with the FTP Today team to ask questions or talk about your organization’s specific file-sharing needs.
The need for an FTP hosting service becomes apparent to any organization that handles, stores or shares sensitive files. Once your organization recognizes the need for an FTP hosting service, and once it realizes in-house solutions are cost-prohibitive, it’s time to answer this question: Should you rent a shared or dedicated FTP server? No two organizations are exactly alike, so this question must be answered on a case-by-case basis. Dedicated FTP servers provide a number of benefits that your organization may want to take advantage of. Here’s a look at the 4 primary benefits of choosing to rent a dedicated FTP server rather than using shared FTP infrastructure.
In mid-November, FTP Today launched a new session lockout feature that will create a more secure FTP hosting experience for our users. This new feature slows down and defeats cyber-attacks, and it’s also a key component to complying with certain cybersecurity regulations and standards. Sessions lockouts are available through three of FTP Today’s pricing plans: Premium, Ultimate and Dedicated Server. To start taking advantage of this new feature, sign into your administrator dashboard and click on the Account Lockout Policy tab on the left. Visiting this tab will give you the opportunity to configure session lockout settings by IP address and username. You can enable or disable the feature, set the number of login failures that will trigger a lockout, adjust the tracking window minutes, and change the number of lockout minutes. See below for more details on the benefits of session lockouts, as well as more information on taking advantage of and customizing session lockouts for your organization. As always, our team is here to help if you have any questions or would like to further discuss session lockouts.
FTP servers empower users to download and upload needed files and information securely. Because the use of FTP servers is the best way to share sensitive information, many organizations are seeking out FTP hosting solutions. But the FTP hosting landscape is full of different providers that offer a range of features and benefits. How can you know exactly what your organization needs? See below for 10 FTP hosting features and benefits that are absolutely essential for secure FTP hosting in 2022 and beyond.
Organizations that regularly handle, store and share sensitive information often rely on file transfer protocol — FTP for short. These organizations — like law firms, financial institutions, medical providers, government agencies and others — are forced to make a decision. Is it better to buy vs. rent an FTP server? There’s a clear answer to this question for organizations that need an FTP server to securely manage sensitive information and documents. Here’s a rundown of what FTP servers are used for, how they are different from HTTP servers, plus the costs and benefits to consider when debating whether to buy vs. rent an FTP server.