Learn what secure file transfer is and how it can benefit your organization

Secure File Transfer Definition

Secure file transfer is data sharing via a secure, reliable delivery method. It is used to safeguard proprietary and personal data in transit and at rest. Most secure file sharing methods use standard protocols, including:

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

SFTP transfers files with the Secure Shell (SSH) connection – SFTP is an encrypted network protocol that can enable a remote login to operate over a network that lacks security. SFTP offers encryption of commands and data. It also prevents passwords and sensitive information from open transmission over the network.

File Transfer Protocol – Secure (FTPS)

FTPS offers encryption and uses an application layer wrapper, known as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to enable secure and private communications across a network.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol – Secure (HTTPS)

HTTPS secures websites when users are providing sensitive information like credit card numbers or other personal information. The protocol offers multiple layers of data protection including data integrity, encryption, and authentication.

Applicability Statement 2 (AS2)

AS2 is a standard used to transfer Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) messages and other data in real time. The AS2 protocol facilitates the ability to exchange AS2 EDI messages and other types of data over the HTTP or HTTPS protocol.



Using a secure file transfer service, such as an MFT solution, is an essential part of data security best practices. The right solution will provide:

  • Encryption for data in motion and at rest
  • Protection from unauthorized data modifications
  • Strong authentication methods
  • Virus scanning and DLP
  • Reporting and Logging capabilities
  • Automation capabilities

Why You Need A Secure File Transfer Method

Data Security

Left unprotected, data in transit or at rest can be a huge risk for a breach. Using secure file transfer protocols safeguards sensitive information and helps avoid data breaches.

Automated Processes

File transfer automation helps ensure accuracy and saves time, eliminating the reliance on less accurate and time-consuming manual file transfers.


Many organizations struggle to meet government and industry-regulated compliance such as HIPAA, HITECH, PCI, SOX, GDPR, and more. A secure data transfer solution makes facilitating and maintaining compliance easier by providing security monitoring and controls, auditing and reporting capabilities, and more.

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