Secure File Transfer - FTP: The Enemy Within


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Source: Open Text
Date: January 2009
Type: White Paper
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Overview: A leading industry analyst was quoted saying: “Most companies have little idea how pervasive FTP activity is in their organizations because FTP is no longer just a protocol for internal and external file integration mechanism”. Not only has FTP widely spread throughout organizations, but its popularity seems to have no limit and is continually increasing. Unfortunately there has been an increasing number of security incidents where FTP was identified as a critical factor. To put it simply, FTP is probably the least secure method an organization can use to transfer its information from one point to another.

Industry standards and government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) require organizations to constantly strengthen the protection of mission-critical information such as credit card records, patient data or customer information. With billions of dollars of annual losses attributed to security breaches, corporations are under increasing pressure from auditors and shareholders to eliminate non-secure legacy systems.

This paper explores the business and technical reasons why companies should stop using FTP as their file transfer protocol. It demonstrates how Connectivity Secure Server™, the high-performance secure shell server from Hummingbird, can be deployed alongside its desktop counterpart, Connectivity SecureTerm, to replace FTP, allowing companies to offer the same flexibility and convenience as traditional FTP but in a much more secure environment.

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