It seems like every day there is news buzzing about the newest file sharing service in the cloud. You may have heard about the recent acquisition of Mailbox, the mobile mailbox in the cloud, by Dropbox, a file sharing service in the cloud. But what does this emerging trend mean for the file transfer landscape? It means trouble.
The allure of a free, quick and easy system to exchange files is appealing to many consumers and businesses. It seems like a logical alternative to sending files through email, which is unreliable and can clog inboxes, or FTP, which can put data at risk. However, solutions like Dropbox and YouSendit are not meant to be leveraged as enterprise solutions, but in the absence of robust enterprise-grade solutions, individual workers or groups in many organizations are using these products and leaving critical data at risk. Enterprises are essentially losing control of file transfers within their organization and opening up their files to security threats.
Many organizations are now putting policies and procedures into place to tighten up on this risky behavior. Some have gone as far as blocking access to and from these sites through the corporate firewall. From viruses, to malware, to hackers gaining access to intellectual property, valuable documents, financials, etc., enterprises need a solution that protects them from these security risks.
Solutions like Dropbox are probably ok for the general user sharing vacation photos with Grandma, but for organizations that must send files, securely and reliably this is not the best bet. Using Dropbox could be creating additional problems for your IT department and putting your data at risk. And though you may not pay an upfront cost, you’ll pay in the long run. .
File transfer solutions that send data securely and easily are more in line with the needs of an enterprise. Solutions that send data to the cloud can leave files unprotected.
For more information about the solutions Attachmate offers, please visit our managed file transfer solutions page.