What is Managed File Transfer (MFT)?

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As more and more companies are seeking a MFT to meet their data transfer needs, the question still arises, what exactly is a Managed File Transfer (MFT)? At a minimum, a Managed File Transfer solution is a product that encompasses all aspects of inbound and outbound file transfers that uses industry proven standards with a central, single point of administration. With a wide variety of products claiming to be a Managed File Transfer solution there are some things you may want to ask yourself (and your vendor).

  • Does the solution use industry standards protocols for secure data transfers?
  • Is the solution centrally administered or are there pc components required for administration?
  • Can I be notified in real time of certain events (e.g. errors) if they occur?
  • How will this solution affect my customers, vendors and trading partners?
  • Can audit reports be generated?
  • What type of security controls does the product have in place to allow separation of duties?
  • Are there additional modules or add-ons that might need to be purchased?
  • If our needs grow beyond our current platform, how does this solution grow with us?

As you research a vendor to handle your Managed File Transfer needs, make sure you choose a vendor that is able to not only meet your current needs, but the needs of the future. Feel free to contact us to discuss your current and future needs as well as answers to the above questions and more.

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Bob Luebbe

Bob Luebbe has worked in the IT field since 1985. During his career, he has worked in a wide variety of roles including software development, project management, consulting and architecting large-scale applications. Bob has been with Linoma Software since 1994 and is currently serving its Chief Architect. His main focus for the last several years has been developing technologies to help organizations to automate and secure their file transfers, as well as to protect data at rest through encryption and key management.

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