2020 has seen the rapid dispersing of employees from centralized offices to work from their homes. Companies have been utilizing tools including FTP & SFTP for many years to give access to files and data to employees customers and vendors to exchange data outside of the physical office. However, with the rapid increase in WFH on to the dangers of the cloud for their direct staff – Why neither of them are a good idea for WFH.
FTP is a traditional File Transfer Protocol used by many companies to enable the transfer of data. However, it is not very secure as the transfers are not encrypted and allows man-in-the middle attacks. Many industries have created regulatory bodies such as HIPPA, NIST, and CMMC and require data transfers to be encrypted as a minimum standard.
SFTP adds a layer of security to the FTP protocol based on network Secure shell (SSH) and is a replacement for FTP, but also has drawbacks.
- SFPT needs to be setup at both the server and endpoint and maintained by an IT professional. Many small & medium enterprises do not have this skill set on staff.
- It is not always possible to setup a VPN to give access to share data with external vendors and clients.
- Costs of implementing and maintaining
Like most, as a senior leader in your company, you may not be familiar with the terminology above and you are concerned that your remote staff can properly access the critical data that you cannot risk with cloud providers. SCUTE solves all these challenges:
- Extend rights to pools of data to internal and external users (customers & Suppliers)
- Visually manage the users and log their access.
- Data is encrypted in transit and at rest meeting & exceeding industry
- On-premise hardware so you physically own
- Assurance of business continuity if your IT vendor or data storage partner discontinues their service