What privacy issues began with a few high-profile celebrities has turned into a laundry list of famous folks whose phones (and selfies) have been hacked and exposed across the Internet. Leaked photos of Oscar winners and pro wrestlers alike continue to make headlines. It all reinforces the critical need for data security in both our private lives and in our workplace.
Businesses in particular should acknowledge the importance of these privacy breaches in highlighting the rise in cyber attacks and growing risks of theft and data loss. Data has value and will always be a target for would-be hackers and adversaries. But data is also the lifeblood of most organizations. Managing risk by recognizing and shoring up points of vulnerability is the difference between using data as a competitive advantage and being the victim of a catastrophic data loss.
Data that is safely locked away in business systems can be protected by establishing IT security controls. Data that is moving beyond the firewall introduces risk factors into the equation that can be difficult, if not impossible, to control.
For businesses that are forced to deal with compliance and legal implications, transferring information is even more complicated. Many businesses are turning to a managed file transfer (MFT) system. This system enables the reliable and secure transfer of files between third parties across the Internet. MFT offers end-to-end encryption, guaranteed delivery, and centralized logging to allow administrators to always know where files are located, with accuracy.
Unlike traditional or manual file transfer options, MFT incorporates much higher levels of security, scalability, integration, reporting and other features. With MFT, organizations can bring order, predictability and security to file movement. This improves business performance and reduces risk. (Check out “5 Must-Haves for File Transfer Compliance” to learn more about a clear framework to improve compliance processes and infrastructure in borderless enterprises.)
Ensuring that files arrive at the intended destination securely and without incident will never create the level of excitement generated by the news of celebrity hacks. That is a good thing. Avoiding security related headlines is the goal of every organization. The results of a breach or hack can be devastating from both a financial and reputation perspective. Anyone who doubts this need look no further than Sony or Home Depot. So when it comes to securing critical assets in motion and keeping intellectual property under organizational control, MFT should find its way onto everyone’s A-list.