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File Sharing: The Next Generation by Mike Williams, CEO

By December 11, 2018Opinion Piece
File Sharing

The US Department of Defence (DOD) announced last month that the US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Centre (AMRDEC) Safe Access File Exchange (SAFE) had security issues and so access was being disabled. It had been in use for the best part of a decade to facilitate the exchange of large data files between the military and its industry partners. Although these files were ‘non-classified’ in nature, I would classify AMRDEC SAFE as being anything but safe; this was a file-sharing service based on the ancient File Transfer Protocol (FTP) with simple password protection as security.

The DOD and its partners, along with any other enterprises reading this regardless of industry sector, need to take a breath before running towards other file-sharing services that can never be truly secure in any meaningful sense of the word. Do that and they will surely come to the inevitable conclusion that the legacy first-generation of file-sharing technology is well past its best before date. As far as business is concerned, that enterprise file sync and share (EFFS) solutions can still be based upon FTP, or Secure FTP (SFTP) for that matter, is daft. FTP was developed back in 1971, and that’s pretty much all you need to know as to why it is no longer fit for purpose. SFTP is a bit better, in that it enables SSH encryption with most current versions using 256-bit AES, but there is still no audit trail or file usage insight and control.

Most enterprises will have probably moved to a managed file transfer (MFT) protocol for large file-sharing applications, but even this isn’t delivering what business really needs today. Synchronization, orchestration and validation of data are welcome additions over vanilla FTP-based solutions, but true security demands full control of (and full insight into) data ownership, usage and lifespan. All of these are must-have functions of 21st-century file-sharing yet existing first-generation solutions continue in their failure to deliver them in unison. Individuals are also more knowledgeable about, and demanding of, security, simplicity and flexibility when it comes to their file-sharing needs. Yet even at the paid for consumer level, existing file-sharing solutions are often disingenuous about how secure they really are and offer little or no granular control for the user.

Which is why business and consumer alike need to think about a next-generation file-sharing solution. By implementing Pushfor patented PUSH technology features, WePush enables users to share very large files both quickly and securely while simultaneously taking back full, meaningful control and adding valuable insight into how those files are viewed.

A free to use version allows 55+ different file types, up to 5GB in size, to be downloaded without the recipient requiring any additional software to view them. But things get disruptive when you move up to the paid version of WePush which brings larger file sizes, extensive usage analytics and watermarking to the party. Then there’s the real killer blow to legacy file-sharing systems: WePush enables full usage control including the ability to revoke access to the shared-file using PULL functionality and the addition of file expiry dates amongst permissions that control what the recipient can do with the files being shared outside of your internal network – can Box, Citrix, WeTransfer, Dropbox or Microsoft solutions do that? No need to answer, we already know – is it any wonder that Government, Military and Law Enforcement Agencies are currently in discussions with Pushfor!