Data Security Is Not Important Until Someone Steals It: Are You Securely Sending Files

Secure file transfer company Ipswith reports that the social security numbers of Yale students, faculty, staff and alumni were up for grabs for 10 months (that means online for hackers to buy and sell) because of insecure FTP server usage.

What about your FTP server and other file transfer means? Are they secure?

A new study by Ipswith says that:

  • Only 15% of companies (surveyed at InfoSec this year) can confirm that outgoing files reach intended recipients.
  • At least 30% of companies don’t have any safeguards in place to secure file transfers.
  • 60% said they use personal email to send sensitive files because their company systems hinder productivity, a major compliance and security risk.
  • And 50% admitted to using personal email as a means to hide sensitive information from management.
  • Nearly two-thirds said their company is feeling increased pressure from customers and partners to improve the speed and security of file transfers.

Overall, the MORE restrictive you are in your corporate security the more your employees are going to FIGHT to get around the security you are implementing – such as using their personal email (or other file transfer methods) for sending files.

Or maybe they’re downloading secure data onto USB keys so they can work on their personal computers?

You NEED to keep your data secure, but you also need to ensure your employees can reasonably work securely productive.

I highly suggest you read this report from Ipswitch, “Your Data at Risk: What Employees Don’t Tell You (and How You Can Help Them)”

Overall work with an IT consultant (who is an expert on security) to see how you can be more secure but not unreasonably stifle the productivity of your employees.




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