File Transfer Security FTP: The Enemy Within

Date Added: Nov 2009
Format: PDF

A leading industry analyst was quoted saying: "Most companies have little idea how pervasive FTP activity is in their organizations because FTP is no longer just a protocol for internal and external file integration mechanism". Not only has FTP widely spread throughout organizations, but its popularity seems to have no limit and is continually increasing. Unfortunately there has been an increasing number of security incidents where FTP was identified as a critical factor. To put it simply, FTP is probably the least secure method an organization can use to transfer its information from one point to another. Industry standards and government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) .