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Secure File and Email Transfer
From: Daniel Bennett <dbennett () PCT EDU>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 08:56:09 -0500
I am conducting some research to determine the route that other universities are taking in securing files/emails when
needed. I have found three solutions and I am wondering which of them other universities are implementing or if they
are using other methods.
The three are:
1. Public Key Infrastructure, issuing public/private keys to all employees. This is time consuming and requires
key exchanges. I find this to require lots of time which translates into money to maintain and support.
2. Third party mediator. This is where an institution sends a file/email to a third party over a secure channel.
Then the receiver is told by the third party that a file/email is waiting and they log into a site to download/view
through a secure https connection.
3. Use secure ftp. Setup a secure ftp server and give vendors a username and password and they are notified when
something is waiting for them.
Any insight would be appreciated.
Daniel R. Bennett
Pennsylvania College of Technology
IT Security Analyst
- Secure File and Email Transfer Daniel Bennett (Nov 12)