Industrial-Grade File Transfer Trumps Shadow IT Sync-n-Share

Cockroach technology, better known as Shadow IT, the unsanctioned use of IT products and services, is a huge and growing challenge to organizations, and it’s  not going away. One of the stars of the Shadow IT world is the file sync-and-share segment (OFS-online file share and collaboration) that has seen explosive growth, and vendors like EMC, SAP and CA are in an arms race to “out-feature” competitors.

According to an Ipswitch File Transfer study, 84% of employees send sensitive information through non-secure email attachments while 50% use personal email to send work files. Electronic file sync and share is very easy to buy and set up, and it’s okay as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough when it comes to moving enterprise information, said Jeff Whitney, VP, Ipswitch File Transfer.

“But if you’re moving files, and you’re transferring sensitive information, you need to know you can depend upon the service, and it is scalable.” He likens it to the difference between a sports car, which is fine for personal transportation, but if you have to move a house, you’re going to need a truck. “It may not be sexy, but it gets the job done.”

That’s why Ipswitch is releasing MOVEit 8.0, the latest version of the company’s popular file transfer solution. We heard loud and clear from customers that they want to extend enterprise-grade file transfer to mobile devices, said Whitney. They want to enable mobile users to securely upload and download, send and receive files, and participate in the workflow. With MOVEit, files don’t have to be stored on iOS and Android devices; files are accessed only from the MOVEit server, he said. The new release protects files to meet security and compliance requirements, offers visibility and control over mobile file transfers, and automates the transfer of files.

Ipswitch, which acquired MOVEit in 2007 and has thousands of customers, started testing the new release with hundreds of customers. Whitney said there is very high demand for the new capabilities, which are no in general availability. “They want to aggressively address this Shadow IT movement… (and not) have to be the king and queen of no.”

Of course Ipswitch isn’t the only vendor in the managed file transfer (MFT) business that is estimated to be worth between $700 million to $800 million per year. While OFS vendors race to make their offerings enterprise-grade, companies like IBM and Citrix are already well established. Other players in the mix include Tibco, Axway, Seeburger, Informatica and Software AG.

Looking ahead, Whitney said the company will continue to focus on security and functionality. “You have to make sure you’re always keeping the product secure.” Extending functionality is also a priority. “The more visibility, more reporting you can have… the better.”

MOVEit 8.0 Details

In addition to providing a new level of management control, itoffers additional auditing and reporting functions that enable enterprises to comply with a wide variety of regulatory standards such as HIPAA/HITECH in the U.S. and requirements instituted by the Financial Conduct Authority in the U.K. Additional features include:

-vulnerability protection – enhanced with OWASP-Top 10;

-anti-virus protection – support for McAfee, Symantec and Syphos;

-enhanced security wizard – streamlines with lockdown process, increasing security configuration and ensuring necessary security steps are taken;

-file tracking ability – auditing, visibility and control for PCI, HIPAA/HITECH, SOX compliance;

-support for server platforms and systems – Windows Server 2012, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Microsoft Exchange/Outlook 2013; and,

-the ability to protect sensitive email messages as well as attachments.


Author: Steve Wexler

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