Recently released findings from a VanDyke Software-commissioned survey conducted by Amplitude Research suggest that less-than-safe security protocols abound for file transfer in the workplace.
In total, 450 professionals who use or are involved in decisions about data protection and file transfer solutions at their organisation completed the survey. The margin of error was +/- 4.6%.
Throughout 2019, it was not uncommon for news reports to document data breaches and cyber hacking of small, medium and large enterprises alike. Perhaps the scariest data breach thus far in 2019 was the one suffered by Capital One, reported this past summer, which affected about 100 million people.
According to the IBM-sponsored study by the Ponemon Institute released this year, which queried 507 organisations across 16 geographies and 17 industries, the average cost of a single data breach was $3.92 million, and in the United States the average was $8.19 million per breach. Meanwhile, file transfers continue to be a critical, high-volume part of corporate operations.
The VanDyke Software-commissioned survey conducted by Amplitude Research in September 2019 queried professionals from small, medium and large organisations working in a variety of industries and found that nearly half (48%) of companies are transferring files at least multiple times per day and sometimes “continuously.”
File servers today are likely to be running Windows and hosted in the cloud, and the transfers themselves are often unencrypted and not protected with two-factor authentication.
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