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Take Content Security Seriously or Risk Finding Yourself in a File Transfer Horror Story

By Michael Darer | Oct 24, 2019

With Halloween just around the corner, movie studios, broadcasters, and TV stations are preparing to dish out their annual dosage of terror, and audiences are excited to gobble it up. Still, for many M&E organizations, the real horror stories have nothing to do with restless spirits, possessed dolls, or deranged slashers. For many media enterprises, the scariest stories deal with something much different, and much more prevalent than anything supernatural, and—unfortunately—many have experienced these terrifying tales firsthand. Yes: I’m talking about content security!

When it comes to media files—and its movement and storage—the absolute worst thing that can happen is a content security breach (remember the Sony hack?). The files that M&E businesses trade in are immensely valuable and keeping those files secure and out of the wrong hands is of paramount importance. Still, a shocking number of media companies continue to rely on file transfer tools that are old, slow and can jeopardize content security.

FTP and similar legacy technologies —while readily available—are simply not suited for the types of file transfers that M&E organizations undertake, and every time we hear about a business opting for these solutions, we react like an audience member in a horror movie, shouting at the characters not to go into the obviously haunted house. These solutions are not only archaic, but they’re often overly complex, requiring IT to expend needless hours on transfer tools that delay operations and frustrate – if not terrify – creative end users.

Content Security Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

It’s issues like this that compels Signiant to take content security so seriously: because we don’t want our customers to become a cautionary tale or a scary story told around the industry campfire. It’s why we ensure that all of our solutions undergo regular, strenuous third-party review, and it’s why we privilege authentication, authorization, data integrity, non-repudiation, and more when we’re designing our software. It’s also why we stress the importance of storage independence: allowing you to control where your content is stored at all times, rather than forcing your team to give up transparency and control of your valuable assets.

For media, content is your lifeblood, and—when it comes to file transfer—you need solutions that ensure its security, integrity, and accessibility at all times. Whether it’s failed transfers, jumbled workflows, or data breaches, you don’t need the struggles of inadequate file transfers keeping you up at night. That’s what regular ghost stories are for!