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MOVEit Brings Automation, Security, and Reliability to Large File Transfers

Managed file transfer technology allows secure transmission of highly sensitive files across untrusted networks. By Frank J. Ohlhorst

IT’S OFTEN SAID that business moves at the speed of data. “The speed of data,” however, can mean many different things. Take, for example, the task of moving large data files, a process that should be simple and secure, yet is vulnerable to interception, corruption, transmission failure, and countless other specters. Such issues have forced many businesses to use file-sharing services or external FTP systems, both of which can prove insecure and expensive.

Burlington, Mass.-based software maker Ipswitch Inc. offers a new take on data transfers with MOVEit, a family of products and services that help businesses control and streamline the data transfer process.

MOVEit managed file transfer software is designed to bring security, simplicity, and accountability to business file transfers. Included in the offering are components for transferring files, building automated file transfer workflows, generating audit or compliance reports, and securing transfers. While each component includes stand-alone capabilities, they work in concert as well to provide end-to-end data transfer functionality. 

A Simple, Safe Way to Move Information

MOVEit Transfer is the file transfer engine that allows businesses to manage how sensitive information flows among partners, customers, users, and systems. It incorporates advanced encryption (FIPS 140-2 validated AES-256 cryptography) to protect data from compromise, both at rest and in motion, and complies with ISO 27001, HIPAA, PCI, GDPR, SOX, BASEL I/II/III, FIPS, FISMA, GLBA, FFIEC, ITAR, and other data privacy regulations.

The system logs all file-related activity in a tamper-evident database, creating the foundation for audit reporting. Predefined and customizable logging capabilities help complete the package.

MOVEit Transfer supports three different deployment models: on premises, in Ipswitch’s software-as-a-service cloud, and on Microsoft Azure. Functionality remains much the same across those scenarios, but installation requirements differ.

Though MOVEit Transfer supports a complex file transfer ideology, it’s surprisingly easy to use. The browser-based dashboard offers wizards and other shortcuts that simplify the process for placing files in a vault and controlling access to that information. Reports can be generated on the fly from the dashboard and logs are readily viewable. From the file transfer point of view, intuitive clients allow authorized users to access files and upload or download files from secure directories.

The system’s management console offers a “tree” structure with options most channel pros will find familiar. For example, administrators can drill down into users, groups, folders, packages, logs, reports, and settings.

Internal users can be validated against existing security directories, such as LDAP or Active Directory; external users will need dedicated access accounts. Either way, all interactions are properly secured, and all users fully validated.

“Ad-hoc” transfer functionality allows users to bundle files in “packages” and transmit them to partners outside the company. Packages are delivered via an email link, which recipients must click to authenticate themselves against a username/password challenge. The feature provides a secure alternative to services such as Dropbox and YouSendIt for sharing files with external parties.

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