Given more and more business is conducted on the web, online security is becoming increasingly important. Online file transfer offers a whole range of security challenges, but is essential for businesses moving high value files.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is one of the oldest Internet protocols, and is still widely used today. Dozens of FTP clients and automation utilities have been developed for desktops, servers, and mobile devices. Hundreds of software programs incorporate FTP.
However, FTP has some pretty severe limitations. One of the biggest problems for businesses is the lack of security. FTP uses no encryption, so files are highly vulnerable if they are intercepted. There are workarounds to this problem. For instance, some companies add encryption by using SSL certificates. That said, this is a complex process and it costs quite a bit of time and money. Additionally, if you run FTP in active mode, problems with firewalls often crop up. And, if you run FTP in passive mode, you need a range of port numbers, with each port a potential security risk.
In fact, FTP has such obvious security problems that an entire new protocol called SSH File Transfer or Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) was developed and has become a popular alternative. SFTP is more secure and reliable than FTP (even FTP with SSL Certificates). Unfortunately, SFTP can be very slow and compatibility issues are common.
New technology and cloud architecture provide exciting opportunities for modern businesses, and innovative Signiant solutions offer the best in secure file transfer.
Media Shuttle is a hybrid SaaS solution that allows media professionals to quickly transfer any size file anywhere in the world. Consolidate and track all your file movement while gaining speed, security and control in one elegant, easy to use, cloud-based solution.
SkyDrop is the only SaaS solution on the market that accelerates the movement of large files and data sets into and out of cloud storage. Automatically maintained and updated for you, SkyDrop is easy to deploy, scales as needed, and works with Amazon S3 and other leading cloud platforms.
Learn more about how companies like TVB Europe and A+E Networks address security issues and guarantee secure file transfer with Signiant software below.