What is sFTP? Secure Transfer Protocol Q&A

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Alicia: Hello everybody, thank you for joining us again today, my name is Alicia Kay and here we have Gil Vidals, the CEO of HIPAA Vault. So today I wanted to talk about one of our products that we don’t really talk about often which is the sFTP server, and what does that stand for? Secure…

Gil: Secure FIle Transfer Protocol

Alicia: Okay, and what is that used for?

Gil: It’s a very old protocol, I think it’s been around for more than 20 years, and it’s a protocol to transfer files from one server to a server or to pull it back from a server.

Alicia: Okay, and what’s a popular use case for an sFTP server?

Gil: Well that’s a good question, it’s an old protocol, it’s kind of a simple solution, you’re just transferring files, but it’s popular because companies will have, say, patient information or a report and they need to move that to another location, and they want to automate it with scripts. So that becomes a popular product because it’s a good, simple but secure protocol that you can automate the transfer of files.

Alicia: Okay, and you just mentioned it’s secure, but is it HIPAA compliant?

Gil: Ah, good question, HIPAA compliance. Well, I would say FTP just out of the box is not HIPAA compliant but the way we configure it with two-factor authentication would be compliant.

Alicia: Okay, alright, thank you so much!

Gil: Yeah thank you, and if you want more information about this product file transfer protocol let us know and we can send you some more info.

Alicia: Thank you.


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