To transfer files from one server to another, companies use a very popular network protocol, the File Transfer Protocol – commonly known as FTP. Of course, the FTP protocol covers a wide range of uses, but it also excels in EDI – the primary focus of DCA Ventures.
The FTP protocol has been in use for almost 40 years, serving as a secure network for B2B communication in various versions it has seen over time. Below, we will extensively explain the utility of this protocol for your business and how it operates in the field of EDI.
How does it work and what is its purpose?
These FTP communication protocols are essentially the rules that underlie the language of communication between computers, facilitating the secure transfer of files between them. In order to communicate in this way, all these computers need is a TCP/IP network (the Internet).
The client and server are connected through this model used by FTP, which allows business partners to authenticate themselves. By protecting authentication information (user ID and password) and encrypting the message content, the EDI transaction will be secured in this manner.
This protocol has evolved consistently over time, constantly generating new versions that are more secure than their predecessors. Although many companies still rely on the use of the FTP protocol, attention has shifted towards alternatives such as using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which adds an extra layer of security, the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP), or the File Transfer Protocol Secure (FTPS).
At DCA Ventures, we use the SFTP protocol, which is largely similar to the original FTP but with an additional layer of security – a very important bonus at present. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) developed the SFTP protocol, allowing message encryption in transit and decryption only after it has safely reached its destination. However, there are some aspects that none of the mentioned protocols above can effectively cover. A very important aspect is that none of them can provide non-repudiation, meaning the recipient cannot deny receiving a transaction from a verified sender.
In addition, it is possible that in your communication with your business partner, you may encounter compatibility issues that can only be avoided by using the same FTP software provider. Furthermore, you will not be able to benefit from efficient management of the transaction messages.
We can help you with this. We offer excellent compatibility with other VANs, as well as the ability to wonderfully manage your own messages – all at higher levels of security. If you want to learn more about how your company can benefit from these protocols, give us a call, and we will find solutions together.