Cloud technology has transformed the way we conduct business. Since its inception, Cloud technology has systematically dismantled the traditional methods of storing data (tape, hard disks, RAM, USB devices, zip drives, etc.) and replaced it with a more boundless storage environment. Now, the thought of storing proprietary data on a hard drive or local storage device seems “so last year.” The Cloud might be the latest trend in file transfer and storage, but in terms of security, it’s not exactly a vault-like storage receptacle.
For example, a phishing scam that targeted Dropbox resulted in a 350K ransomware infection and illegal earnings of nearly $70,000. In a similar incident involving note-taking and archiving software company, Evernote, hackers gained access to confidential information, email addresses, and encrypted passwords of millions of users at the California-based company. Evernote also offers file transfer and storage services.
A recent survey, conducted by F- Secure, indicated that 6 out of 10 consumers were concerned about storing their confidential data with Cloud storage services. This survey also found that out of the varying levels of technology users, the younger, tech-savvy generation was the most wary of Cloud storage. The survey revealed that 59% of consumers were concerned that a 3rd-party could access their data from the Cloud and 60% felt that the cloud storage providers might even be selling their data to 3rd parties for some quick bucks. In addition, other apprehensions were raised about the quality of technology used by these Cloud providers. Some recent security-breach incidents leads me to conclude that these concerns might have some merit.
Automated file transfer software not only simplifies and speeds up file transfers, it enhances the security of all file-transfer operations. This is important as data security is a high priority for all users. Unlike SaaS-based FTP services, Self-hosted FTP server solutions do not compromise data security and integrity by exposing your transferred and stored data to the Cloud.
A Self-hosted FTP solution is a safer option for transferring, storing, and accessing your confidential files and data. The following are some of the benefits of a self-hosted FTP solution:
- Hosted on your premises and enables you to maintain the integrity of shared data.
- Offers security for data that’s both at rest and in motion.
- Offers internal resource protection (DMZ resident) enabling it to conceal internal IP addresses.
- Provides granular access control.
- Secures data transmissions with encryption and authentication features.
For an organization, Cloud-based storage services may be convenient, but the question is should you compromise on the integrity of your data. Data is precious. You need to ensure that your data is under the care of someone who is serious about its security and safety.