A quick summary of key industry happenings:

A) The economic impact of piracy (including software) is *really* not understood: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-423. See pages 15 – 19 of the full report in particular.

I’ve always been skeptical of the piracy claims, good to see someone actually reviewed them. I think it is better for the industry to focus on the valued real customer rather than to fabricate and fret about the unknown and unquantifiable pirate customer.

read more “HTML 5, Memristors and Software Piracy”

Greetings from tradeshow floor at RSA Conference.  Over the last few days I’ve had the pleasure of talking with a dozen or so existing Ipswitch File Transfer customers that stopped by our booth at the RSA Conference.

It’s always a great learning experience to hear the details of how our solutions are being used… Not to mention the inevitable “I wish you could solve this other problem that I’m having”.

Often times that request involves a new capability that’s on our roadmap for an upcoming release.  However, it’s notable that the most common request has been for a capability we already have.

All those conversations went something like this:  “Ipswitch is great for server-based file and data transfers… But what about person-to-person file sharing?” Some customers want an Outlook plug-in, some prefer a browser interface, and it’s unanimous that the solution must be easy for their end users.

Everyone was pleased to learn that we solve that problem today with our Ad Hoc Transfer module for WS_FTP Server (And the MOVEit DMZ version will be available very very very soon).

Using free online storage and collaboration systems dramatically increases a company’s risk of a data breach.  Many of these tools automatically synchronize desktop folders with folders in the cloud.  Compromised credentials can give hackers easy access to all of a company’s sensitive information.

Companies need to monitor traffic over known P2P ports and over commonly used ones, like 80 and 21.  It’s not just data loss prevention, it’s ensuring that policies that address “what data can be sent to whom” are enforced – regardless of port and security mechanisms.

Most of today’s threats with P2P file sharing come from applications that work in conjunction with cloud services, leaving room for hackers to create desktop onramps for their own use.”

 In a recent case, the FTC found the breach.  The truth is – the companies breached should have found it first.

Many enterprise collaboration tools have browser-based portals set to automatically download documents from specific locations.  Simply changing the default settings away from “My Documents” can prevent employees from unknowingly downloading and installing applications that could increase a company’s risk of a breach.

One of the most frequently asked questions that I have fielded throughout my career as both a sales person and as an executive has been  “What makes your product different from everyone else’s?” or “How is your company different?” I generally see the response go one of two ways. Either the respondent looks like a deer in the head lights stunned by the simple question or they start to talk. And talk, and talk … to the point where you have no idea what they said.

At Ipswitch it is a real simple answer – it is “time to value”. We enable users (people and/or companies) to start using and receiving the benefit of our software as soon as they download it!  It is a very basic concept that goes back to the beginning of our company almost 20 years ago – build software that is easy to install and use that solves everyday problems. Build software that does what it says it will do – simply, reliably and intuitively. Provide support, when needed, the same way.

Today, companies are under tremendous pressure to cut costs, to do more with less and to leverage the limited resources available to them to accelerate their return on investment.  Truly delivering on time to value enables our customers to not only survive, but to thrive under these conditions.   It is why we have grown substantially over the past two years of economic turmoil.   Time to value is a timeless value, one that we embrace as much today as we did when we started the company.  And, time to value is a value that millions of our customers share.

Frank: “Hey Dad, before I go off into the world what is the one bit of advice that you would give me?”

Frank’s Dad: “If I had to give you one piece of advice it would be save all your receipts and tax returns for seven years in a file cabinet someplace in the back of your closet.”

Frank: “That’s it?! You mean nothing about women? Nothing about credit? Nothing like own at least one suit and a pair of good shoes?”

Frank’s Dad: “Nope that’s it. Trust me you’ll see…”

Now that I’m older I can give this advice to my son. I can also give the same advice to e-mail administrators, “save all your e-mails, someplace safe, for at least three years… preferably more.”

Now here’s the technology part:

It’s becoming more and more apparent that offloading large file attachments from e-mail using a third-party technology integrated with e-mail servers, requires a rethinking of strategy of e-mail and data archival and storage strategy. read more “I’m not a lawyer I just play one on TV OR getting whipped by the tail of the e-mail offloading”

Worried about how people in your organization send files to other people, both internally and externally?

If not, you should be.

Employees have proven that they’ll use whatever is convenient to send files to other people, including email, USB drives, burning DVD’s and even signing-up for free file sharing websites.  Although convenient to employees, each of these examples has their own set of risks and uncertainty to the company.

Ipswitch File Transfer is pleased to announce the launch of our new person-to-person Ad Hoc Transfer module.  When used in conjunction with any of our WS_FTP Server solutions, the Ad Hoc Transfer module delivers the visibility, management and enforcement that IT departments need to safely enable file sharing interactions, while at the same time making it simpler than ever for employees to quickly, easily and securely share files with other people using either Microsoft Outlook or their browser.

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