Gain Visibility into File Movement
Anticipating risk factors can play a major role in your ability to mitigate damages to your organization or IT infrastructure. Consider the damage that can be caused as a result of a failed file transfers, data loss, or a data breach. While one failed file transfer may not have a negative affect on your organization.
How many failed file transfers would it take for you to miss a Service Level Agreement (SLA)? And what effect would the loss or theft of data cause your organization? In some cases, depending on the data, you may find yourself faced with litigation from consumers or regulatory fines due to non-compliance. Visibility into your data is your vantage point to a proactive data management strategy, where security and productivity risk factors are reduced.
Operational visibility is a crucial element for any data management strategy. Lose visibility, and you lose control.
FTP or a Homegrown, Legacy File Transfer System
FTP and homegrown file transfer systems are common ways that organizations start managing their data and data transfers. As their IT infrastructures evolve and data transfer needs change, they quickly find their old system as less reliable, inflexible and potentially insecure. Network latency often follows and data transfers fail. At some point FTP or a homegrown file transfer system worked, but they soon lacked the capabilities and capacity to manage the data exchange for the modern enterprise. Organizations thrive when their processes are automated, streamlined, transparent, and within the organization’s full visibility and control.
Missed Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
What’s the difference between a canceled or renewed contract? In three letters: SLA. Meeting a service level agreement (SLA) is indicative of a service provider that can be trusted and relied upon. Failing to meet an SLA can lead to the loss of future business and damage to business relationships. Ad hoc data transfers, especially with unsanctioned file sharing solutions, can be one of the most common ways that SLAs are put at risk.
Failure in Meeting Compliance Regulations
The current data transfer landscape is full of security risks, and compliance regulations have been established to help organizations better protect people, ensuring that they can retain their right to data privacy. At the same time, major data breaches have long made for popular news fodder, and for good reason. Nobody wants to be the victim of a data breach. For many organizations, compliance mandates are the baseline for the development of a secure and compliant IT infrastructure.
Meeting and maintain compliance will require the development of a comprehensive strategy that prioritizes data security and data management. This proactive strategy goes beyond downloading data security software. A proactive security strategy, a strong security policy, and the right tools will all make a difference in meeting and maintaining compliance.