Ipswitch File Transfer offers secure, managed file transfer (MFT) solutions that are fast to implement, easy to use, and backed by exceptional customer support. Ipswitch solutions are used around the world by thousands of organizations, including more than 90% of Fortune 1000 enterprises, many government agencies and millions of individuals.
Rake Narang: Why is that even with all the online storage solutions now available, sharing files, including employees personal file sharing can still be a security risk?
Rich Kennelly: It’s actually the ready availability of all these file-sharing solutions that create the problem. We recently conducted a survey of over 200 IT leaders with security responsibilities about person-to-person file-sharing practices. And the results should alarm IT and security professionals.
Findings show that employees are circumventing IT staff by sending confidential and highly sensitive company files via means that are insecure and lack auditability. The results serve as a graphic reminder that when company systems hinder employee productivity, it’s both a security risk and bad for business.
There’s no way to sugarcoat the results of the survey:
- 84% of employees are using personal emails to send sensitive files, often because the file size exceeds corporate mailbox quotas, or because they want to use documents at their next place of employment without the company’s knowledge
- More than 50%of respondents expose company files or data by uploading to a cloud-based service such as Dropbox or YouSendIt
- More than 30% of employees have lost a USB drive containing confidential information
- Over half of IT managers lack any visibility into file and data transfer within their organizations
Many respondents also reported feeling pressure from their customers and partners to improve the way they send and receive files.