6 best practices to future-proof your EDI setup

Securing and optimizing your EDI setup is key to staying competitive in today’s digital market. However, as cyber threats evolve and data breaches become more frequent, it’s critical to adopt a forward-thinking approach to protect your organization’s sensitive data and maintain seamless operations.  

This article offers six key security strategies to future-proof your EDI setup using the right iPaaS.

1. Design your infrastructure with redundancy

One of the most critical aspects of a resilient EDI setup is designing your infrastructure to avoid reliance on a single server, service, or piece of hardware. Redundancy ensures that if one component fails, others can take over, minimizing downtime and maintaining business continuity. 

Key steps: 

  • Implement FTP Clusters and redundant domain controllers to manage file transfers and authentication seamlessly.  
  • Utilize multiple database servers to ensure data availability even if one server goes down.  
  • Spread your infrastructure across multiple data centers to safeguard against localized failures.  
  • Protect your backups with multiple layers of authentication and make backups immutable. 



 2. Set recovery objectives

Defining clear Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) is crucial for minimizing data loss and downtime during incidents. The RPO defines the maximum tolerable period in which data might be lost due to a disruption, while the RTO outlines the target time to restore normal operations. 

Defining your requirements: 

  • RPO: Determine how much data loss your business can tolerate measured in time from last backup – e.g., 15 minutes. 
  • RTO: Define the acceptable downtime before your platform is up and running again – e.g., 4 hours.

     

3. Choose a scalable IPaaS solution

As your business grows, so will your data integration needs. Choosing an iPaaS that offers scalability is vital for handling increased transactional volumes and new business processes. 

Benefits of scalability: 

  • Ability to process a high volume of documents per day without performance degradation. 
  • Flexibility to adapt to evolving business requirements and integrate with new technologies. 
  • Ability to automatically manage resource allocation, ensuring optimal system performance and speed, thereby reducing costs. 


 4. Partner with a highly compliant iPaaS provider

Regulatory compliance is a cornerstone of data security. Partnering with an iPaaS provider that adheres to stringent compliance standards ensures your organization meets all necessary legal and regulatory requirements. This is especially important if you have partners in the banking and pharmaceutical industries. 

Compliance standards include: 

  • ISAE 3000: Demonstrates a commitment to handling data correctly and proves that a company complies with GDPR 
  • ISO 27001: Showcases robust encryption and information security management, while facilitating vendor approval 
  • NIS 2: Builds upon ISO 27001 and is an EU directive like GDPR, enhancing cyber and information security 



 5. Secure your data and privacy via encryption

Encrypting data at rest and in transit is fundamental to safeguarding sensitive information from unauthorized access and breaches. 

Encryption guidelines: 

  • End-to-end encryption: Ensure data remains encrypted throughout its journey from sender to receiver, including databases and backups. 
  • Use secure protocols: Transport formats such as SFTP, AS4, Peppol etc. ensure secure data exchange.   



 6. Choose an iPaaS that resists cyber-attacks

The ability to withstand cyber-attacks, especially Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, is critical for maintaining the integrity and availability of your EDI setup. Real-time detection and response to potential threats are therefore essential to preventing service disruptions. 

The ideal iPaaS should… 

  • Provide 24/7 surveillance  
  • Scan for malware and viruses 
  • Have multi-factor authentication 
  • Use Geofencing 

 

Want more? Check out our webinar: Building better security around your integrations 


Conclusion 

Futureproofing your EDI setup is not just about adopting the latest technologies; it’s about creating a resilient, secure, and scalable infrastructure capable of withstanding evolving threats and growing with your business. By considering these six security strategies, you can ensure your EDI operations remain robust, compliant, and efficient. 

Are you ready to enhance your EDI security? Contact us to learn more about safeguarding your data and ensuring seamless B2B collaboration.