File Transfer: Privacy Compliance Problem

Plenty of laws and regulations place privacy constraints on electronic information, such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS.

Information is transferred in many ways, and file transfer via email is one of the most common. From the privacy compliance standpoint, email-based file transfer is a problem. For example:

  • There's no ability to define privacy compliance policy, and apply it. Users do what they want.
  • It's hard to work out who transfered what files, when.
  • Users can change files that have been transferred.

Vendors such as Symantec/Vontu are responding to help fix the situation. This will help. So will using non-email-based file transfer, such as the FTP-based solutions from Ipswitch.

... David Ferris

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