Looking back at 2011, we saw more and more employees using consumer-grade (and often personally owned) file sharing technologies such as USB drives, smartphones, personal email accounts, and file sharing websites to move sensitive company information.  We’ve learned that employees will “do what they need to do” to be productive and get their job done… And if IT doesn’t provide them with the right tools, they will find their own.

2011 was also a record-breaking year for data breaches.  Coincidence?   Perhaps.  But there is no denying the fact that the increased use of non-sanctioned technology in the workplace has created a security loophole in many organizations.  It will become increasingly important for organizations to mitigate this risk to avoid a failed security or compliance audit or worse, a data breach.

Ipswitch can help your organization meet the security, usability and visibility requirements for file sharing.  For example, our Ad hoc Transfer module for MOVEit DMZ enables organization to enforce consistent policies and processes around person‐to‐person file transfers ‐ email encryption, attachment offloading, secure messaging, eDiscovery, and more.  It not only gives companies unparalleled governance, but it also allows end users to send information, with anyone, in a fast, easy, secure, visible, and well managed way.

We will be talking a lot more about the topic of people person-to-person file sharing in 2012, so stay tuned….

A big frustration of many employees is that they have problems sending very large files to other people, both inside and outside of their company.  Often times IT has placed file size restrictions on email without providing an alternate solution for getting that really big (and often company-confidential) file to someone else.

So while IT has successfully relieved the burden from the email server, they have subsequently created a situation where employees need to scramble to find their own method for sending that large file such as USB drive, DVD, personal email accounts or file sharing website – All of which are outside of the control and visibility of IT, not to mention this adds extra security risk to the company.

In fact, Ipswitch’s recent survey uncovered that over 90% of IT and security executives admitted to using thumb drives and other external devices to move data.  And nearly 70% said that they have no visibility into files outside of their organization.

The new MOVEit DMZ Ad Hoc Transfer module enables secure person-to-person file transfer using a Web browser or Microsoft Outlook.  Unlike other software and services that are currently in the market today, Ipswitch’s Ad Hoc Transfer module not only allows users to seamlessly share information without sacrificing productivity, it also allows companies to stay firmly within compliance of their auditing policies particularly those around email/email attachment retention and discovery.

Please watch a short webcast where Tony Perri, CISSP and Senior Solutions Architect at Ipswitch File Transfer, showcase the new version of MOVEit DMZ and our exciting new Ad Hoc Transfer module