This is a transcript of The Axway Podcast of the same name.
ANNOUNCER: From Phoenix, Arizona, this is The Axway Podcast. Here’s your host, Mike Pallagi.
PALLAGI: Welcome everyone to our first episode of 2015. It’s that time of year where just about everyone is looking ahead, anticipating what the coming months might bring. So to get things started, I asked one of our subject matter experts at Axway, John Andrews, Director of Solution Marketing for Managed File Transfer, what he thinks IT committees should be thinking about as they’re contemplating the blank canvas in front of them.
ANDREWS: As we go into the new year, one of the things that individuals do that I believe companies should do… And that is: look at what their resolutions for the year are. Typically these are captured into business plans, sales objectives, and projects, but what is often left out is what are things that we can do that can improve our overall performance that isn’t necessarily tied to a sales metric? Individuals will talk about things like trying to be more active, going to the gym. But just like individuals, companies need to look at resolutions that they can quantify, qualify and actually be successful with. What I’d look at is things like security.
PALLAGI: Andrews specifically cited all the big stories about data breaches that big companies like JPMorgan Chase, Home Depot, and Sony dealt with in 2014. He didn’t mince words about the headaches those outfits had to cope with.
ANDREWS: It can be a public relations nightmare that ends up impacting all parts of the business, when, if the organizations had just taken the opportunity to look at their security, they would have been able to address at least the most obvious issues that could plague them. A good resolution could be “I don’t want to be the next Sony or to have a data breach.” It might be worthwhile for IT organizations to review their infrastructure. At least review it, and then they can identify vulnerabilities and then make a list of the security vulnerabilities in the upcoming year that they’re going to try and resolve. And specifically, look at all the technologies, not just the ones that are in high use.
PALLAGI: Which leads us to the enduring topic of file transfer technologies. They’re always being used, but they’re a bit more behind-the-scenes than, say, APIs. Here’s John again.
ANDREWS: Organizations need to look at the risk, measure it, and then be able to address it. We look — Axway, as a company — to the study that was conducted by Ovum, where they uncovered that 89 percent of respondents are still using FTP servers, 71 percent of the respondents say there’s a disconnect between integration strategy and security, and another 23 percent revealed that they had failed a security audit in the last three years. These are the kinds of items that could make an organization be the next Sony in 2015.
PALLAGI: So, Andrews says, ask yourself this question: what’s your organization’s status relative to those percentages?
ANDREWS: Really take a look at your file transfer technology. Is it the Achilles’ heel of your organization? Do you actively manage these technologies, or do they work in an unmanaged fashion, which could lead to problems? Ultimately, you need to ask yourself, is your file transfer technology ready to handle the needs of the new year?