Into the New Millennium businesses, organisations and governments are increasingly exploiting the means of transferring and exchanging data files and important information over public and private networks to achieve improved efficiency, productivity and cost imperatives.
Electronically exchanging data that is often sensitive and core to the business, such as corporate financial data, client data, health records, employee data, and other intellectual property, carries with it the risk of such data falling into the wrong hands or not even making it to the intended recipients at all. It is widely believed that the next major act of terrorism will be an act of cyber terrorism.
Data Security has never been more important or topical. The need for an ultra secure global managed file transfer network has never been greater.
Against this backdrop, companies are beginning to be faced with ever-increasing regulatory and governance requirements such as: –
In the case of Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA requires every process be documented, fully auditable and accountable. Within these processes companies must ensure that file transfers are secure, managed and controlled with the absolute need to address all potential flaws and weaknesses of their current systems.
Secure Managed File Transfer is no longer ‘de rigueur’ for best practice companies but is becoming an absolute requirement for all companies that electronically transfer, and exchange data, in the 21st Century.
Since computers have been using a communications function, File Transfer Protocol FTP has been the common means of achieving this end. It is generally recognised that this method is inherently limiting. Gartner Research states: –
“FTP enables file movement between disparate devices and systems, but it doesn’t provide management, monitoring, security or process control. An MFT suite helps control all aspects of data movement, ensuring that they’re fully managed and secured. But not all MFT suites are equal.”
The range of protocols and technologies deployed to achieve electronic file transfer has increased over the years. In developing AMMX to respond to today’s stringent data security requirements and ease of deployment some key considerations have been taken into account to provide: