Last week we broke down the real-world benefits of managed file transfer (MFT) as part of our ongoing series around our new reference book, Managed File Transfer for Dummies. This week, we share highlights from the final chapter, which looks at ten major MFT requirements to take into consideration when choosing an MFT solution, and they include:
- Automation: The most important item is whether your MFT solution will automate your file transfer tasks and eliminate the need to write and maintain scripts, eliminate manual tasks, along with eliminating the need for extensive training
- Single System Capability / Centralized Logging: You should always demand a single system capable of satisfying all methods of file transfer, along with complete centralized logging of all file transfer activities enterprise wide
- Integration with IT Security Infrastructure: Ensure that your MFT solution integrates with your existing services. You want to use your existing infrastructure, rather than creating yet another directory or security service provider.
- Accessibility: As business becomes more responsive, it becomes necessary to invoke file transfers or verify operations from many locations and devices.
- Self-administration: MFT solutions enable users to self-provision, having the ability to on-board new partners and invite users to participate in secure file transfers, freeing the IT admin to perform other tasks.
- Easy Deployment in the Cloud and On Premise: Your MFT system should not only be friction-free in the initial set up and configuration, but ongoing activities such as adding new users and partners as well as performing feature updates should also be easily accomplished.
- End-to-End Encryption: It’s always a good idea to have end-to-end encryption, meaning the data isn’t merely encrypted on the network, but encrypted while sitting on storage devices. You need an MFT system that supports all the popular encryption techniques.
- Guaranteed Delivery, Non Repudiation, and Expiration Rules: Depending on your security desires, you may need an MFT solution that guarantees delivery and prevents the receiver from changing the document or saying he or she never received it.
- Scalability: When your activity levels overload one server, you should look for an MFT system that will spread the workload across all available servers automatically, while providing management and control.
- Automatic Failover Capabilities: Having automatic failover capabilities ensures that any file transfer in process is continued or restarted and that any new scheduled or ad hoc requests will be honored even when there is a service interruption.
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