Beyond FTP: Securing and Managing File Transfers

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Every day, millions of files are exchanged all over the world by corporations, government entities and other organizations. These electronic transfers include the critical data needed to conduct business.

Most file transfers use a popular protocol known as FTP. This antique protocol was designed and implemented in the infancy of computing networks, even before the internet was born.

Few managers realize the security and management risks that have blossomed in their organization with the prevalent use of FTP. Fewer still have begun to take measures to bring the use of FTP into compliance with regulations.

This white paper examines how FTP became the standard for business-to-business file transfers, identifying the key pitfalls of using this open protocol and demonstrates how IT can begin bringing the implementations of FTP into a more modern, secure framework.

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