secure file transfer

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.

Signiant to Showcase Revolutionary New Transport Architecture at the HPA Tech Retreat UK

Signiant has announced the company will showcase a revolutionary new transport architecture that furthers its mission to enable fast, secure global transport of media, in the Innovation Zone at the forthcoming HPA Tech Retreat UK. First showcased at HPA Tech Retreat LA, this new technology is capable of delivering data to cloud object storage at multiple gigabits per second via HTTP.

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How Safe Is Your Content?

Yesterday’s big “meta hacking” story that WikiLeaks has apparently released thousands of documents describing C.I.A. software for hacking a variety of devices is a timely reminder of the importance of security in our hyperconnected world. In light of this, we want to draw attention to an article, “Secure Design in a Hyperconnected World”, that appeared in M&E Journal’s Fall 2015 Edition, discussing the core secure design principles that all software developers should adhere to.

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More Than Just a Pretty Portal: Customization in Shuttle helps build trust

With only a couple of clicks, portal administrators can change colors, add background graphics, move the form box, and create a fully branded web page to send and share content. And, because many of our customers are highly adept at high resolution imagery, we’ve seen some truly impressive portals.

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Must See NAB: Signiant, Google, Adobe and Box discuss cloud security at NAB Show

Are you planning to implement new cloud storage or services this year? If you’re attending NAB, don’t miss an in-depth discussion on cloud security by experts from Google, Adobe, Box and our own CTO, Ian Hamilton. Find out how safe Media and Entertainment assets are in the cloud vs. traditional on-premise software and storage, and ask any questions you have about your own cloud strategy.

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Signiant to Share Insights into Media and Entertainment Industry Trends at 2015 NAB Show

Signiant executives will be participating in prestigious panel sessions at the 2015 NAB Show, the world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. Signiant CEO Margaret Craig and CTO Ian Hamilton will join industry visionaries to discuss the business and technology trends that will shape the industry in the coming year.

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Signiant Flight Takes Off: Rapidly Growing Customer Demand, New Capabilities for Accelerating Movement of Files to Cloud Storage

In the year since Flight was introduced to the market, the solution has been used to move massive amounts of data into and out of cloud storage. Flight provides the ability to upload or download large files up to 200x faster than a standard transfer, and offers ease-of-use, scalability and low operating costs. “As cloud adoption continues and file sizes keep growing, organizations are facing increasingly complex decisions about storage and data movement,” said Margaret Craig, CEO, Signiant.

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Content Protection Summit 2014 Recap: Protecting content in the cloud

Last week, Signiant CTO Ian Hamilton joined a panel discussion at the 5th annual Content Protection Summit in Hollywood, looking at security practices for cloud solutions within the media industry.

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Securing SaaS, Part 4: Physical Security and Breach Detection

Operational policies and procedures are key to the security of any SaaS offering. Signiant operational policies and procedures are established in accordance with industry standards for service organization controls. Connectivity between the production service environment and Signiant business operations is restricted in accordance with least privilege and defense-in-depth principals. Fully independent production and development Media Shuttle environments are also maintained. This blog highlights some of the operational controls in place for production elements of the cloud environment.

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Securing SaaS, Part 3: Design Principles for Safe Media Transfer and Secure Data Storage

In Part 1 of the Securing SaaS series, we offered a background of the hybrid SaaS Architecture that Media Shuttle relies on for safe, easy media transfer. Part 2 looked specifically at security related to customer provisioning, user rights, and transfer validation. Now, we can look at specific design principles including data storage, audit collection, and secure-by-default.

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Securing SaaS, Part 2: The human factor, user rights and cloud tiers in file transfer

In Part 1, we discussed the hybrid SaaS architecture behind Media Shuttle including file storage, the cloud tier, TLS, and password policies. Now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s turn to the security behind the customer journey—from setup with the help of Signiant Customer Care to authorized transfers.

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Securing SaaS, Part 1: The architecture of secure design

When you are in the midst of the tedious editorial process of a big project, the security of your files as they pass among the various players on your team isn’t something you want to think about. Signiant designed Media Shuttle as a file sharing solution that is especially conducive to the flow of media production and post-production with a technical backend as rigorous as your IT team.

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Signiant Wins Emmy Award for Technology and Engineering

Signiant today announced it was named a winner of the 2014 Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering. Signiant’s innovations in secure accelerated file movements over IP (including the internet) earned the company this prestigious award, which honors excellence in engineering creativity. Signiant is one of a select few companies to be honored with an Emmy® Award for Technology and Engineering, and was chosen by dozens of industry experts and peers.

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