This article encapsulates my quick test drive of the Biscom Secure File Transfer (formerly known as Biscom Delivery Server – BDS) product. Biscom SFT is a solution that lets companies send any types of files privately and securely. It’s an alternative to FTP and email and I found it really easy to use so just about any employee can send, manage and receive secure files of any size and type.
Biscom does not position SFT as a replacement for fax and rightfully so – it’s not. It is however, a way to ensure end-to-end security for files of all sizes and types including a way to collaborate with coworkers or peers. Their aim is to show the limitations of a company FTP server, by offering a superior and more elegant secure file transfer solution.
What it does: Using Biscom SFT, company employees can create, manage and send “packages” containing all types of files (documents, images, etc.) and deliver them safely and securely to any recipient. It has collaboration tools where you can setup project “workspaces” and reporting tools great for compliance requirements.
As far as integration capabilities: In addition to MS Outlook and SharePoint connectivity, Biscom SFT has a comprehensive API layer that supports Web services, .NET, Java, and SMTP, as well as scripting languages such as Ruby and Python.
Biscom was founded in 1986 by Mr. S.K. Ho who came from Wang Laboratories; he holds nine major patents in technology. Biscom boasts that many of its founders still maintain active roles on the company management team and they’ve maintained status as a privately held firm ever since the beginning. Biscom entered the fax server scene early on and invented leading edge technology that spawned the FAXCOM fax server product line. According to them, they rank in the top 5 fax servers worldwide and #1 in North American production fax category (Davidson).