SOURCE: Ipswitch, Inc.

April 30, 2007 09:00 ET

Ipswitch, Inc. Survey Reveals Security Is Paramount for FTP Users

Survey Results Show That Compliance Regulations Are a Top Concern for Ipswitch's File Transfer Customers

LEXINGTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 30, 2007 --Ipswitch, Inc., a leading developer of network management, secure file transfer and messaging solutions, today announced that a recent survey of 238 customers revealed that compliance regulations are a top concern. The survey also revealed that over sixty percent noted organizational confidentiality as an important consideration for 2007 file transfer investment decisions. Additionally, these survey respondents selected at least one government regulation or industry standard, including: Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI DSS, HIPAA, BASEL II and J-SOX, as a compliance consideration for file transfer investments.

Survey respondents included WS_FTP Professional and WS_FTP Server customers and evaluators from 24 countries and organizations of all sizes. Seventy percent of the respondents were IT department personnel, predominately IT managers and network administrators. Other users included Webmasters, consultants, executive managers, technical and business staff. Twenty percent of the respondents work for enterprise-level organizations of 1,000 or more employees.

The survey aimed to uncover the meaning of "compliance" for individual organizations and the file transfer capabilities required to meet the security and compliance standards relevant to their organizations. The meaning of "compliance" is context specific -- to company policy, to industry standards, to government statutes, or some combination thereof. The results of the survey showed that compliance is often considered a hassle for organizations, but that security is a vital concern. Having confidence in the security, privacy, control and verification of hosted and transferred data is central to the meaning of the compliance for WS_FTP users.

Additionally, Ipswitch uncovered in the survey that its upcoming WS_FTP Server offering delivers the top three logging activities that today's FTP customers value most. These include: logging every administrator interaction, logging every client/server interaction and using syslog and write to password protected location.

"The survey results support and reinforce what we have already found to be the case -- more and more FTP users are looking for a secure and safe file transfer solution to meet increasing compliance demands," said Kevin Gillis, VP of file transfer products for Ipswitch. "Our current FTP offerings and new product development is in lock step with current IT department user needs."

About Ipswitch, Inc.

Ipswitch develops and markets innovative IT software that is easy to learn and use. More than 100 million people worldwide use Ipswitch software to monitor their networks with Ipswitch WhatsUp®, transfer files over the Internet using the market leading Ipswitch WS_FTP® Professional client and Ipswitch WS_FTP Server and communicate via Ipswitch IMail™ Server. To view the Daily Network Monitor blog, visit http://www.dailynetworkmonitor.com. For product and sales information, visit http://www.ipswitch.com. Ipswitch values community involvement; visit http://icare.ipswitch.com to find out how to become involved.

WS_FTP and WhatsUp are registered trademarks of Ipswitch, Inc. IMail Server is a trademark of Ipswitch, Inc. All other product names are the property of their respective owners.

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