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A Secure Alternative to Dropbox – Welcome to Managed File Transfer

Once again here we are discussing Dropbox as they attempt to minimise the damage to the company brand following the latest reports announcing a further security breach.

Dropbox announced yesterday on their blog that after hiring some “outside experts” to investigate why certain Dropbox users were getting spam to their non-public Dropbox email addresses, the experts concluded that a Dropbox employee’s account was hacked and the details were lifted from a project document.  No details were provided on the numbers of users affected, what other information was compromised or why account details were stored in an unencrypted document.

Dropbox Spamming

Ordinarily we’re singing the praise of managed file transfer solutions as an alternative to custom built, cumbersome, unsupported, legacy FTP servers. However, a quick search on Google this morning showed me that perhaps more people are now searching the internet for a secure alternative to Dropbox, likely due to the broadcast of recent security issues.

Dropbox Alternative

 

 

A business’ decision to select Dropbox or any other cloud based technology for storing and sharing company data, should be taken with caution.  Cloud based solutions in general offer significantly more advanced features than your average in house managed file transfer solution, which end users have grown accustomed to.  Why?  Because they’re developing for a single, controlled environment over which the vendor has complete control whereas a managed file transfer vendor has to develop for multiple server based operating systems and the QA process can be lengthy, thus inhibiting progress of a product.

There are however a number of reasons why a greater degree of security can be achieved by deploying an in house managed file transfer solution, here are four of them:

  1. It’s not a big Cloud brand target with hundreds and thousands of users
  2. Data is stored local to you and you have complete control over the security policies
  3. Access is securely controlled by AD/LDAP and other user group contained within corporate authentication tools
  4. Reporting and blacklisting tools mean that hackers can be monitored and banned very quickly

If you are concerned about the lack security, control, auditing and governance of your business data then speak to Pro2col.  We can help to analyse your requirements, select the most appropriate vendors and assist right through the evaluation process and beyond.  Managed File Transfer is fast becoming a necessary business tool and is certainly a more than adequate alternative to Dropbox.

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Award for the Best Managed File Transfer Vendor goes to…

According to a recent study of managed file transfer vendors undertaken by the Info-Tech Research Group, one of our key vendors GlobalSCAPE received the highest praise and was afforded the award of best managed file transfer vendor.  As GlobalSCAPE’s Master Partner here in the UK, we’re very pleased with the high praise and we concur with the assessment that GlobalSCAPE… “has an extensive feature set, solid price point, and clear strategy. Meeting advanced security requirements with extensive security modules combined with anti-flooding and auto-ban features, GlobalSCAPE offers 24 x7 support to quickly respond to any potential problems that occur.”

In addition Ipswitch File Transfer were also recognised as a Champion in the study impressing the analysts with a strong, well rounded product portfolio.  Again, as Ipswitch’s Elite Partner here in the UK we recognise the value that Ipswitch’s MOVEit range of technologies provide, accompanied by a strong feature set.

InfotechWith the sunsetting on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant back in 2010, there has certainly been space for an analyst report on managed file transfer vendors and solutions.  I think that the Info-Tech report has a little way to go to reach the breadth of MFT industry content that Gartner achieved but it shows that we’ve chosen well in selecting the best vendors to work with.

If you’d like to discuss how either GlobalSCAPE or Ipswitch’s Managed File Transfer solutions could help your business, we’re perfectly placed to assist you in helping you to select the right MFT solution for your needs.  Please get in touch on 0333 123 1240.

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Free managed file transfer software: Is open source really an option?

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve spoken with a number of companies who’ve wanted to implement a managed file transfer solution but haven’t had the budget to implement something from one of our vendors.  With more than a couple of these companies I was asked the question – do you know of any free managed file transfer solutions, you know something open source, something we can deploy on Linux?

Given that our business focuses on selling file transfer technologies and ‘free’ doesn’t quite pay the bills, I was somewhat surprised to be asked this question. However, as I’m a bit of a file transfer geek I had in fact researched this in the past I knew that there were not – the best I could find was a couple of Sourceforge FTP server projects.

I completely understand a company wanting to keep the cost of their technologies down, preferring to deploy on a Linux platform.  We’re no different and

Open Source

run a number of our mission critical systems on various flavours of Linux and have been deploying Linux solutions for about 8 years now. There are several vendors with great technologies which can be deployed on Linux – Linoma and Axway and a quick look at the price tag would confirm that these solutions certainly aren’t open source.

It got me thinking whether the open source route was something which could be explored in the same way other technologies have, but I concluded that we’ve got enough on our plate at the moment servicing the needs of our existing clients and those willing to pay for software.  Whilst open source works in some aspects of business, companies needing to move mission critical data want a structured development roadmap and enterprise level support too.

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Managed File Transfer news & updates

With the economy showing no signs of improvement Pro2col is bucking the trend with May 2012 being our best month of trading ever, in fact 2012 has showed great promise.  Our selection of managed file transfer vendors is paying dividends as we strengthen our relationships and knowledge of their technology moving us into the key supplier for several vendors.  Additionally our work with the reseller channel is seeing growth as we provide our expertise to the general reseller channel.

Recent Managed File Transfer News includes:

  • File TransferGlobalSCAPE’s achieved one of the highest ratings in the latest Managed File Transfer (MFT) Vendor Landscape Report from Info-Tech Research Group released this week.
  • Linoma Software gains FIPS 140-2 accreditation for their GoAnywhere software, achieving the benchmark required by many organisations in the public and private sectors.
  • Biscom’s BDS continues to gain traction in the legal sector with a number of new customers following their recently released version 4.2 which provides secure collaboration and an iPad app.
  • FileCatalyst have been busy with their recently released FileCatalyst Central for managing and monitoring multiple servers.  Additionally performance has been improved to 10Gbps and an iOS app is now available.

If you’re considering implementing a managed file transfer solution why not get in touch with us at Pro2col and let us take the hard work out of selecting and evaluating vendors.  Speak to one of our solution specialists on 0333 123 1240

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An update from Infosecurity 2012

Yesterday was the first day of Infosecurity 2012 one of, if not the biggest IT Security Shows in Europe – and it was a busy one.  Not only that, the war of the most outlandish gimmick was in full force, so be prepared for talking dogs and 7-foot robots if you’re planning to visit!

We’re helping out on the GlobalSCAPE stand this year (check out their stylish booth), as they’re showcasing their latest products for the first time here in the UK – Hosted Enhanced File Transfer Server™ (EFT Server™) and Secure Mobile Access™. As GlobalSCAPE’s primary reseller’s in the UK, it’s been a great opportunity for us to spend some more face-to-face time with the GlobalSCAPE team.

GlobalSCAPE Stand - Infosecurity

There’s been a lot of interest from businesses spanning all sectors, looking secure their data transfers and comply with regulations such as PCI DSS and The Data Protection Act.  We’re looking forward to being kept busy for the remainder of the exhibition, so if you’re heading down to Earls Court come see us at stand F82.

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Pro2col on LinkedIn

A great communications tool that previously we’ve underused (we’ve just been so busy!), Pro2col are now active on LinkedIn.  Not only that, we’ve set up the File Transfer Technology Group – a place where we can share ideas and opinions and more importantly, hear what everyone else out there has to say about all issues file transfer.

To date discussions have ranged from secure file transfer related…

U.S Congress have enforced acts eg. HIPPA & Sarbanes-Oxley to protect confidential information stored & exchanged throughout businesses & services. Should similar guidelines exist in the UK/EU?

To file transfer protocols…

FTP or peer to peer Portal?

I’d like some feedback from everyone on what they think are the three ‘main’ types of b2b file transfer. Here are my thoughts – have I missed any really obvious ones though?

To what’s in the news…

Accidental insider security incidents more frequent than malicious attacks

Illegal file-sharers could see internet connection cut

The group has only been active for a few weeks now and there are already over 75 members including several Pro2col employees:

James Lewis – Managing Director/Business Guru

Charles Snell – Managing Director/Technical Buff

Lindsay Lewis – Marketing Manager/General Dogs Body

We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on any of the above topics.  Even better – if you have a subject you’d like to discuss please join the File Transfer Technology Group and start a discussion – new members are always welcome.

Hope to see you on LinkedIn soon!

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Pro2col’s on Twitter

Pro2col has been on Twitter now for a while and we’re starting to get the hang of it with over a 1,000 followers now.  We hope to be able to be all things file transfer to the marketplace at some point, we’ve got a little way to go with our portfolio at the moment but we’re talking to a number of vendors about adding some additional solutions.  Watch this space!

Twitter

As this is our first blog entry I want to keep in brief but at the same time introduce the UK team:

  • James Lewis – Owner and responsible for Sales & Marketing
  • Charles Snell – Owner and responsible for Technical Services & Support
  • Lindsay Lewis – Marketing and Office Manager
  • Bibi Langston – Technical Support Engineer
  • Peter Fox – Technical Support Engineer
  • Lisa Arnold – Sales and Accounts Administration

You can contact anyone of us via email by using our intials in front of @pro2colgroup.com e.g. jl @ pro2colgroup.com – obviously without the spaces!

We’d love to hear from anybody who’s got any burning questions about file transfer in general or specific solutions and if you’ve got any recommendations about Blog topics please feel free to get in touch.

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