Don't overlook importance of big data transfers

Nov 13th, 2013 / Category: Managed File Transfer

It would be difficult to overstate the the importance of the growing big data movement for businesses of all kinds. In a relatively short period of time, big data has evolved from an unusable resource to an invaluable asset, thanks to the development of advanced business intelligence and analytics technology. With these tools in place, firms can leverage unstructured or semistructured data, gaining insight into their own operations, market tendencies and more.

Considering the value that big data can provide, it is no surprise that so many businesses are feeling pressure to embrace this technology, assuming they have not done so already. After all, failure to keep pace may lead to a competitive disadvantage for the given company.

However, taking full advantage of big data is easier said than done. As many companies have discovered, big data efforts can only yield satisfying results if they are comprehensive and well-considered. There are many components to these issues, and overlooking any of them can greatly undermine effectiveness.

One of the key issues which firms must focus on when pursuing big data efforts, and one which is among the most frequently overlooked, is the need for secure file transfer solutions.

Transferring big data
As the name suggests, big data consists of massive volumes of information in a wide variety of forms and types. Furthermore, this data will typically arise from numerous different sources. Some will be generated within the company's network, while more will likely need to be collected from external sources, such as machine sensors, partner systems and more.

In order to leverage this raw information, firms will need to transfer these resources to data warehouses where analytics can occur.

This poses a problem for many companies. Due to its size and scope, this data cannot be effectively sent or received via traditional channels, as they simply are not designed to handle such massive files and data sets. Relying on such tools will inevitably create bottlenecks, delays, inefficiencies and other problems.

Just as importantly, outdated data transfer options will typically lack sufficient security, putting the raw big data at risk. This is particularly problematic because cybercriminals are increasingly targeting organizations specifically to gain access to such information. After all, a company's data will hold tremendous value not just for that firm, but also for its competitors. These rivals may be able to utilize the information to design strategies that effectively undermine the victimized firm.

Additionally, many cybercriminals are eager to cause data breaches not for any material gains, but rather simply to cause chaos or to prove their abilities. This does not make their attacks any less effective.

By embracing secure file transfer solutions that are designed to accommodate big data loads, however, businesses will be able to take advantage of these resources without compromising their data protection efforts or experiencing unacceptable delays or other inefficiencies.