Axway Ad Hoc MFT – Where Email and MFT Converge

Twitter may be the cool new kid on the Internet, but email is still the most popular. It’s everywhere, used by nearly everyone. According to IDC/Ferris Research, email volume is growing at a rate of 66% annually. Research also shows that file attachment sizes are increasing by 192% a year, a result of more and more people relying on email to exchange large and/or sensitive files with partners, vendors, customers, and team members.

That’s a problem.

As file attachments get bigger and bigger, email administrators respond by imposing attachment size limitations on senders, recipients, or both. The result? Well-intentioned users turn to more expensive and higher-risk means of file transfer, such as sending them via unsecured FTP, or downloading files to CDs and thumbdrives. These methods are risky at best, and may lead to the kind of data breach that compromises business relationships, intellectual property, and corporate brands.

Risk of data loss and security breaches:

How do you know if a file transfer is exposing sensitive information assets such as customer data, product plans, or business forecasts? How do you protect that kind of data as it travels over the Internet, or prevent it from leaving your email network in the first place?

Once a file is sent, do you have delivery confirmation? How do you know if the recipient is authenticated and authorized to view the attachment? What precautions are in place to enable or prohibit sharing large file attachments with your partners?

Without a governed policy-management system for ad hoc large file transfer, you’re risking legal liability, regulatory violations, and loss of priceless intellectual property — data might as well be written on a postcard or published on the Internet for all to see. A clear audit trail, delivery confirmation and the ability to securely share data with trusted partners is imperative.

Operational inefficiencies and rising costs:

Email wasn’t meant for sending 10 MB files, let alone very large (50 GB) files. Huge multimedia, CAD, and PDF attachments simply won’t go through email servers, and even sending multiple files of up to 50MB can overload or even cripple email servers and networks, while adding significant IT costs (and headaches) for infrastructure, management, and archiving. Plus, standard email doesn’t offer robust Managed File Transfer capabilities such as guaranteed delivery checkpoint/restart, file delivery confirmation, tracking, or auditability, making it almost impossible to prove a file was sent, or verify that it was received.

And when email systems and IT managers impose limits on attachment size, messages bounce, and people find other ways to exchange files, feeding the vicious cycle of rising costs and increased risk.

Get Real About Ad Hoc Network File Transfer:

Axway understands that people will continue to work the way they work, and that means using an email interface for ad hoc file transfer. Combining support for very large file attachments with content-based policy management, encryption, authentication, and tracking capabilities, Axway File Transfer Direct eliminates the infrastructure, cost, and security concerns that surround sending large and confidential files via email — without requiring end users to significantly change the way they work or download and master new software.

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