EFSS and Managed File Transfer

Compare File Sharing and Managed File Transfer Solutions

With the proliferation of mobile workers and their devices, and the increasing emphasis on collaboration, Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) services are gaining more awareness in the market. This has resulted in some confusion between EFSS services and Managed File Transfer (MFT). After all, they’re both used to move and share files. But EFSS and MFT are, in fact, used for very different purposes. We intend to help clear things up by defining EFSS and MFT, and laying out their strengths and use cases..

What is Enterprise File Sharing/Syncing?

  • Cloud-based services enabling the synchronisation and person-to-person file sharing
  • Used primarily for collaboration: end users can create folders and invite collaborators without IT oversight
  • Also focused on workers syncing files across multiple devices (smartphones, tablets, PCs)
  • Sold with service-level pricing to business and IT
  • A set of services that may not have the enterprise-caliber auditability, real time status control, reliability/availability, and/or security required by IT

What is Managed File Transfer?

  • A means for connecting business users with information systems and processes
  • Secure file-based integration to companies outside the enterprise, with guaranteed delivery and non-repudiation
  • A way to manage and control secure file transfer of confidential files such as purchase orders, health records, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), customer data, financial documents, legal contracts, etc.
  • A solution that supports auditing and compliance needs defined by corporate regulatory policies
  • Secure transport with end-to-end encryption (including FIPS 140-2), user authentication, support for broad range of secure protocols (FTPS, SFTP, SSH, and HTTP/S), and non-repudiation
  • A system that integrates with security-related IT infrastructure (e.g., directory services, anti-virus systems, and DLP)