Private File Sharing and Synchronization Demand Doubles in Three Months

Lately the news from managed file transfer vendors has been all about layoffs, downsizing and offshoring, but perhaps there’s still some life left in our industry. A provocative new study from 451 Research suggests that MFT vendors should be currently benefiting from a sudden shift in corporate attitudes toward file sharing and synchronization (which we […]

2014 Managed File Transfer Predictions – True or Not?

As the managed file transfer industry wraps up 2014, it’s time to look at how accurate my MFT predictions for 2014 turned out to be. Prediction #1: As Competition Increases, Certification Becomes More Important Grade: A Discussion: The managed file transfer industry now has a vendor-independent training and certification program: the Certified File Transfer Professional […]

Exfiltration: Definition, Security Risk and Prevention

Exfiltration is an unauthorized file transfer (or other bulk data transfer) that creates a security breach by allowing malicious people outside a security perimeter access to confidential information.   As was the case with the infamous Target credit card breach, exfiltration is often used as the final step in a broader scheme to gather sensitive […]

Managed File Transfer and Heartbleed (Also FTP Servers)

The Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL affects many managed file transfer, secure file transfer, FTP server and FTP client technologies.  File Transfer Consulting has compiled a list of vendor and project statements about Heartbleed remediation here. (Long story short, the “Heartbleed” vulnerability allows people to request chunks of memory from target servers.  This memory often contains […]

Managed File Transfer Predictions for 2014

Managed File Transfer continued to amaze me in 2013.  I was surprised by the sheer number of new companies and products that continued to enter the space, even though the industry doesn’t seem to be getting that much bigger.  With that and other managed file transfer news from 2013 in my mind, here are my […]

Could Google QUIC Become An Extreme File Transfer Standard?

Were extreme file transfer vendors asleep at the wheel when Google announced it was going to push a UDP-based file transfer acceleration protocol named QUIC? What is QUIC? QUIC stands for “Quick UDP Internet Connections”.  It’s very much like the proprietary UDP protocols file transfer acceleration vendors use (and UDT – see below) in that […]

Free FTP Clients – Why Do They Want to Be Free?

In the mid-1990’s, there were three things you needed to get on the Internet from your Windows desktop.  1) A Trumpet WinSock to get TCP/IP working through your modem.  2) Netscape Navigator to surf the web and find files.  3) WS_FTP LE to upload and download files through FTP sites. For years, WS_FTP’s hold on […]

Managing SFTP Keys for Automated Access

Is the New IETF Draft a Best Practice or Shameless Plug? When does an IETF draft read like a vendor’s white paper?  When it’s the new “Managing SSH Keys for Automated Access” document by SSH Communications’s Tatu Ylonen. The Case for “Shameless Plug” SSH Communication’s venerable Tectia SSH solution is mentioned by name 6 times […]

Why Managed File Transfer In the Cloud Often Doesn’t Sell

Tonight I was reading yet another blog entry about how this year is finally going to be the year of “MFT in the cloud,” and I couldn’t help but think of the fabled “year of the Linux Desktop” in exactly the same way. Is Anyone Selling MFT In The Cloud? Absolutely. For the right price, […]

Accellion’s Password Vulnerability Gives Black Eye to Managed File Transfer

Yesterday Nir Goldshlager published an article and YouTube video (see below) that shows how he was able to reset the passwords of other users on a high profile Accellion system running at least eight months behind the current security patch. Essentially, he found that an old version of Accellion allowed any authenticated user to pass […]