This month I was working with a large U.S.-based bank on a file transfer eDiscovery project. In the past, when people thought about eDiscovery, they though about email only, or maybe also instant messages. Now, however, it’s dawned on IT and risk management groups that business documents, plans, sale figures and other files are being sent by their employees to other people outside the company using file transfer capabilities.
In some cases, these “send file” capabilities are being provided by hosted SaaS solutions. Other times, they are being provided by on-premises software. Ipswitch provides both hosted and on-premises solutions that allow people to exchange files using browsers, Outlook or other clients, so this topic comes up in many conversations.
The project I was working on with the bank was around the archives of previously sent packages of files. To bridge the final gaps between their eDiscovery software and our file transfer archives, they needed to see archived packages of files represented as Microsoft MSG and PST files, so we undertook a project to close that gap while preserving the integrity and complete context of the original file send.
I only see this kind of work continuing to be in demand in the sectors we serve, but I’m curious if eDiscovery has had an impact on YOUR file transfer workflows or archiving procedures too. Please comment below or send me a message if you’d like to share some of your experiences with file transfer and eDiscovery.
Jonathan Lampe is VP, Product Management, of Ipswitch File Transfer. He developed the first editions of the MOVEit managed file transfer software and continues to guide the File Transfer division as it continues to pursue its mission of moving your most valuable data. He holds a computer science degree and an operations degree from Northern Illinois University, an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two security certifications: ISC2's CISSP and SANS' System and Network Auditor.
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