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MFT and DLP a powerful combination for data security

par HelpSystems • 28 Sep 2020

Some software solutions work great alone. Some work even better together. Combining managed file transfer (MFT) with adaptive data loss protection (A-DLP) is one such pairing that creates an optimal solution to ensure that the transfer of critical data is secure end-to-end.

How MFT protect data ?

Secure MFT – managed file transfer – secures, automates, and streamlines data exchanges between systems, customers, and trading partners.  MFT does so through a centralized dashboard-style point of contact. In addition to encryption and automation, Managed file transfer solution delivers secure-ad hoc messaging, workflows, auditing, reporting, and more.

Deploying MFT solution provides organizations with a comprehensive solution to clunky homegrown legacy scripts or unsecure file transfer methods. For a deeper level of security than FTP or other protocols, MFT protects data both in transit and at rest.

How does A-DLP protect data?

Adaptive data loss protection solutions, replaces sensitive text in a variety of file types (including images) with asterisks, sanitizes documents by removing metadata (comments, author information, and document versions, etc.), and detects and removes identifiable code from emails and attachments – all while allowing files to be sent and received, just minus the offending content.

With A-DLP in place, only the sensitive information and malicious content moving in and out of the network is removed, allowing business to continue uninterrupted. A-DLP monitors this sensitive data before it ever leaves your organization through email, websites, social media, managed file transfer (MFT), or various cloud apps.

How do MFT and DLP solutions fit together?

When paired together, MFT and A-DLP build layered protection around data transfers from the content contained to the content transferred. While both solutions provide the encryption benefit, A-DLP takes care of content inspection, and MFT ensures the security of the actual file transfer.

With A-DLP in place, there’s no risk of sending visible PII, PHI, or PCI to a recipient, or with sending a document that reveals metadata, or transmitting advanced persistent threats.

With MFT in place, the movement of files inside and outside of your organization is secure and automated, with the collaboration and data tracking functionality not available with A-DLP alone.

MFT and A-DLP fit well together and more importantly, fit into an organization’s robust security plan designed to protect critical data across all points in and out of your organization.

Discover the GoAnywhere MFT and Clearswift combination for data security.

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