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New data protection rules could come into force as soon as 2013!

We’ve been aware for a while that EU Data Protection laws were under review. The latest news implies that business may have less time than they think before a new data protection framework is introduced. According to an article published in Computer Weekly, “While negotiations continue in Brussels, compliance and risk managers have no time to waste in preparing for the new rules that could come into force as soon as 2013.”

The impending release of this new data protection legislation puts increased pressure on businesses to ensure that they have the right measures in place to protect internal data. Especially since one of the change could potential involve the need to disclose data breach incidents within 24 hours of their discovery. Data ProtectionDespite the controversy surrounding this specific part of the proposal, it seems European businesses will almost certainly join their peers in most US states in having to comply with mandatory breach disclosure.

Bearing this in mind, the requirement to secure business data will be making it’s way to the top of many companies priority lists. Brand protection and company reputation are invaluable in today’s competitive marketplace and in order to protect this, you’re going to have to protect your data. This can seem like a daunting task, but there are regulations such as ISO 27001 and PCI DSS that provide a framework and a very good set of controls to work with. Although this doesn’t guarantee that you’ll meet the new EU regulations 100%, it gives you a good chance of be close to compliance.

At Pro2col, we provide a range of secure file transfer solutions that meet whole range of security legislation such as PCI DSS, ISO 27001, HIPAA, SOX and many more. So if you’re looking to take the next step when it comes to your data security, please contact us on 0333 123 1240.

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Dropbox or MFT – that is the question…

Once again the spotlight has been turned on Dropbox following their recent investigation into irregularities in their service.  This latest occurrence appears as though it will conclude with Dropbox announcing that a number of their European users email address or account details have been compromised, we’ll watch with anticipation for the outcome.

Whilst cloud solutions certainly offer users with a raft of features currently not offered by other proprietary software vendors, they tend to lend themselves to being targets for hackers due to their high profile and wide adoption.  It begs the question, “Should consumer grade cloud based technologies be allowed within the enterprise at all?”Dropbox Technologies

Managed file transfer vendors are fast catching up with the cloud based solutions, adding Dropbox like features to provide users with the simple way of working to which they’ve become accustomed.   Whilst also adding new features such as mobile file sharing capabilities to cover off the BYOD angle, never before have MFT vendors being trying so hard to keep up with the contemporary features that users are demanding.

There are many benefits associated with implementing an in-house managed file transfer solution.  Possibly one of the most important in terms of security (taking into consideration the above) is the fact that they don’t become a high profile, data centre target.  Taking the understated, in-house deployment may well help you to slip under the radar whilst also providing a range of security features.

If your company is using Dropbox to share data then Pro2col can help.  We’ve worked with various companies across a range of industry sectors to replace consumer grade file sharing technologies.  Call one of our sales consultants on 0333 123 1240.

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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

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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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