Despite the Risks,
Ftp Use on the Rise
in the enteRpRise
New survey report reveals FTP usage on the rise despite a torrent of bad
press on data security breaches, compliance penalties and recent examples
of the potential liabilities inherent in FTP. This doesn’t need to continue.
Global businesses require the free-flowing movement of information—from
sensitive customer data to logistical process information—to thrive. no one piece
of technology takes more heat for creating catastrophic business process crashes
than File transfer protocol, or Ftp.
hilty Moore & Associates1 conducted a survey of it managers and Cios at 100
companies spanning the financial services, healthcare, retail, manufacturing and
governmental business sectors to determine usage and requirements for Ftp.
empirical and anecdotal information garnered from the survey revealed:
• Ftp unreliability is impacting the bottom line via transmission problems that
result in missed sLAs, brand integrity impacts and customer confidence erosion
due to breaches.
• participant comments reflect an incorrect, and potentially painful, belief that
encrypting data transfers via Ftp is a viable data security solution.
This survey repOrT:
• highlights broad industry-level challenges with and current usage volume of Ftp.
• suggests a shift in approach on the issue of organizational risk away from solely a
data lockdown initiative to one that provides complete data security and actual,
bottom-line financial value to a business.
• offers a way to address knowledge management more holistically with complete
transfer visibility, business process and partner scalability, and a managed solution
that secures data completely.
FTp use grOwing alOng wiTh breaches
in the course of surveying Cios and it managers at 100
of the world’s leading companies, the most eye-opening
finding was that not only is the Ftp Band-Aid approach of
moving data still in use within global enterprises, but that
Ftp use appears to be growing.
Based on survey response