Why You Need a Managed File Transfer (MFT) Server that Supports SFTP Servers
For organizations of all sizes, file transfer challenges can run the gamut, ranging from infrastructure requirements like meeting and maintaining compliance mandates to the efficient management of secure file transfer workflows. Managed file transfer (MFT) solutions offer the most efficient and secure data exchange capabilities for most modern businesses. But even a simple SFTP server provides benefits in certain situations.
What is an SFTP Server?
The SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is best known as the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). An SFTP server supports the secure transfer of files between systems. With the secure, remote file management offered by SFTP, applications are able to resume interrupted file transfers, include lists of remote directories, and remove remote files.
Understandably, business requirements can change as your business grows and it’s important to be flexible to change. SFTP provides an opportunity to maintain the secure connectivity necessary when requirements change due to business needs. For example, an SFTP server may be required when you need to exchange files with remote employees, business partners, or customers.
An SFTP server is also beneficial when you backup applications. While SFTP offers a relatively secure and fast method of file transfer, a MFT solution can offer the greatest impact on your long-term enterprise data management strategy by increasing file transfer efficiency, security, and productivity.
When using an SFTP server with a managed file transfer solution, it’s even easier to protect data when it’s in transit. Consider situations when you need to support remote employees, business partners, or when customers that require an SFTP server to exchange non-sensitive files. MFT platforms offer a robust set of reporting, visibility, control, security, compliance and automation capabilities greater than the capabilities of an SFTP server alone.
On its own, SFTP offers benefits such as secure connectivity and remote flexibility. However, combine the added layer of security and flexibility of SFTP with the power and functionality of MFT, and you can quickly and securely expand your secure file transfer capabilities.
For example, using SFTP and MFT combined, you can gain the secure benefit of a single connection port for easy firewall navigation, password and public authentication, and strong data encryption to prevent login, data, and session information from interception or modification while in transit.
Together an SFTP server and MFT act as a secure, encrypted passageway, which keeps all of your data safe, such as user IDs, passwords, and commands protected. Industries that face rigorous compliance demands would benefit from the security safeguards provided through SFTP server and MFT, and can find it easier to meet compliance needs including achieve PCI DSS, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), among others.