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File transfer technologies have been around for over 30 years, but recent evolutionary changes in business needs have resulted in significant improvements to file transfer solutions from a security, management and governance perspective. Unfortunately, just as we become comfortable with modern managed file transfer solutions companies must now better manage how their employees share and exchange information. Today, IT departments not only need to enable person-to-server and system-to-system interactions, but also must create and enforce consistent policies and processes regarding how information is moved between people inside and outside a company.

Prosumers (a hybrid of the terms professional and consumer) will continue to bring their personal technology that makes them more productive into the corporate environment and the key will be for organisations to remain secure and have visibility into all information sharing activities. From the iPhone and i-Google portal pages to webmail and file-sharing websites to USB drives, corporate IT has to manage and control both sanctioned and ad-hoc applications, processes and systems. The result is a tectonic shift in the processes, methodologies and mechanisms companies must deploy to better manage their flow of information.

Unprecedented changes have also occurred in recent years that affect the fundamental way companies conduct business. Insidious threats to the security and reliability of critical data and business processes and the increasing velocity of privacy laws and regulatory compliance mandates increase the risks of sharing information. Regulatory compliance and government mandates, such as BASEL II, Conduct of Business rules (COB), European Data Protection directives, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and the recommendations from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are forcing companies to document all their business processes. Information transfer is just one major business process that is receiving increased scrutiny.

Indeed, a typical company may need to provide proof of compliance to a number of different regulators, business partners and customers. At no other time in history has the very existence of businesses depended so crucially on its ability to manage the secure transfer of business information while maintaining compliance. Today's economy is increasingly based on information flow. Getting the right information to the right person at the right time is the key strategy for businesses to be successful.


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