According to IDC, the majority of organizations (52.2%) would characterize incidents arising from insider threats as predominately accidental.
But these “accidents” can be just as costly as malicious, intentional attacks, and the easy availability of public cloud collaboration solutions only increases this risk.
That’s why it’s critical that organizations create data-protection rules that inform users about the types of information that can and cannot be readily shared externally.
Simply ensuring that all employees understand and know how to comply with these rules reduces the risk of unintentional data breach or loss due to unsecured file exchange.
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Don’t shirk the importance of locking down your managed file transfer (MFT) infrastructure issues and moving on to the matters that deserve your attention most. Here’s how to uncover, collect, and collate data, identify your project’s size, and isolate the areas that need attention.
- First, what are you system and business challenges? You have your opinions of what they are, but what would your key internal customers say? Do you even know who your key internal customers are? Once you take stock of who your MFT infrastructure serves, you’ll be able to understand the limitations of your communities and your internal users, and the right strategy will begin to emerge.
- Then, figure out your system requirements. Every requirement has the potential to solve multiple challenges, so really put some thought into this. For example, are you transferring files with a home-grown or commercial product? If so, you’re probably facing challenges like maintaining and mapping internal data flows, providing file-transfer services to external partners, supporting multiple platforms, and complying with regulatory mandates. A system requirement like an MFT solution can address all those challenges in one fell swoop.
- Next, nail down which of your organization’s applications and services create, transfer, and/or consume file data. Do you plan to keep them for a while, and if so, why? Whatever your answer, strive to rationalize and document the existence of all applications and services — that’ll make your IT decisions much more informed.
- After that, hash out your MFT strategy. Consider everything you figured out in the last two steps, and determine which key business processes perform file transfers.
- Finally, fine tune. Optimize your MFT strategy by prioritizing the processes you should migrate to an MFT solution. What processes have the highest visibility, the highest degree of difficulty, and the most value to the organization?
Remember, your organization’s MFT infrastructure issues are like your car’s engine issues — you don’t want to be thinking about them all the time, you want to be thinking about where you’re going! So download the follow-up to the wildly popular MFT Survival Guide now, and get ready to reap the benefits of the ultimate MFT infrastructure today!