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From SecureWorld – Growing Security Concerns Around Person to Person File Transfer

I recently attended SecureWorld Detroit and engaged in two days of conversation with top security, IT and risk management professionals.

There was a single theme that I heard the loudest and clearest from the security community:

There is growing concern for how employees transfer files in an ad hoc manner to those outside the organization. Employees are quick to turn to DropBox or YouSendIt to step outside of file size limitations or email speed issues, without realizing the consequences of their actions.

We heard this consistently across multiple industries – Retail, Healthcare, Financial Services, Banking, Government, Automotive.

We heard this from organizations large, medium and small with requirements to manage file transfers with partners, customers or vendors, and in some cases with international and global reach.

It was said in different ways but it came down to the security teams seeing significant risk for leakage with their current situation today. Some soundbites:

  • “We need a person to person file transfer solution”
  • “My users want to send large files through YouSendIt. Right now I just keeping saying ‘No’, I’d rather have a solution to offer them.”
  • “We need to support an ad hoc file transfer requirement for our users”
  •  “I have people using DropBox today. It is absolutely unacceptable from a security standpoint, but we need to offer them an alternative.”

This risk around person to person file transfer is not going away, it’s getting worse by the day as more and more employees rely on personal email and cloud based services to transfer data. The potential for leakage is amplified when you consider other data transfer devices such  as USB drives and personal email use.

We have done extensive research in this area and we have a Research Report summarized in a graphical eBook which will be published later in October. Titled “Are Your Employees Putting Your Company’s Data at Risk?”, this report helps bring the current problems to life with a picture of how users are behaving today.

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Hugh Garber is the Senior Product Marketing Manager at Ipswitch, responsible for leading the product marketing, segmentation, and messaging efforts for the company’s secure and managed file transfer solutions. He is also an avid Ipswitch blogger, conveying his views with humor and a sharp edge. With two decades of experience crafting messaging, launching products and enabling sales teams, Hugh brings a wide range of knowledge and creativity to the Ipswitch File Transfer team.

Prior to Ipswitch File Transfer, Hugh held product management, marketing and consulting positions in the retail, telecommunications and Internet services industries. Hugh received his BBA from the University of Massachusetts, and his MBA from Emory University.

In Hugh’s spare time he loves to spend time with his wife and two sons. When he’s not reading Dr. Seuss books and building train tracks with his boys, you can find him either devouring chocolate peanut butter ice cream, experiencing frustration on the golf course, or pretending to know how to use his power tools.

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