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Linoma Software Celebrates Growth in 2011

Posted by on Monday, 6 February, 2012

As we kick off 2012 with several major product enhancements we’ll be publicizing soon, I’d also like to take a minute to reflect on the record year Linoma Software had in 2011, with over 40% growth in new business.


Bob Luebbe Chief Architect at Linoma Software

Bob recently presented at several East Coast Users Groups, including here at the Long Island System Users Group.

Many factors contributed to our banner performance.  For one, meeting compliance requirements for data privacy and security is a huge issue for most organizations, so we have been working hard to help meet these challenges.

We have made significant R&D investments over the past 12 months in our products, including major enhancements to our GoAnywhere™ managed file transfer solutions, as well as new features for our Crypto Complete™ encryption product.

We also gained many new customers outside of the United States as we have partnered with several new international resellers for our products, and seen increased sales performance from our established distributors.  Data security is a worldwide challenge that has no borders.

Another factor in our growth has to do with the openness of our GoAnywhere products, which allows them to run on a variety of platforms including IBM i, Windows, Linux, Solaris and AIX.  This gives our customers a choice on the operating system environment that best meets their needs.

For a more detailed announcement about Linoma Software’s sales growth in 2011, you can read our press release.

We’ve enjoyed talking with many of you over the last year.  If you are coming to any of the trade shows that we’ll be exhibiting at this year, please stop by and say hello.  Otherwise, give us a call or email if you have any questions or comments about our solutions.

We sincerely appreciate the support of our loyal customers and look forward to working with you this year. If you’re not yet a customer, we hope to talk with you soon about how we can help you solve any data automation or security challenges in 2012.

We’re ramping up our activity on various social networks, so we also hope you’ll connect with us there.

Linoma wishes you a successful 2012!

Compliance and Regulations for Sensitive Data Transfers

Posted by on Monday, 10 January, 2011

Secured ComputerHighly sensitive data is frequently exchanged between organizations. For instance, a business will routinely transmit financial information to their bank including payroll direct deposits and ACH payments. These transactions most likely contain sensitive elements like bank account numbers, routing numbers, social security numbers and payment information.

Industry-specific transactions may also contain highly sensitive data. For example, in the health care business, patient records are regularly exchanged between hospitals, doctors and payment providers. In the insurance business, policy information is often transmitted between carriers. This information may contain names, addresses, birth dates, social security numbers and other private information.

Loss of sensitive data can result in great financial expense, lawsuits and public embarrassment for the affected organization. Therefore it is no surprise that industries are setting new regulations and standards to address the security of their data.  For instance:

  • PCI DSS requires that credit card numbers are encrypted while “at rest” and “in motion”.  Failure to do so can result in severe fines and potential loss of your merchant account.
  • HIPAA requires that healthcare records are secured to protect the privacy of patients.
  • State privacy laws require that customers are notified if their personal information may have been lost or stolen. Some states will also assess large fines against organizations if this data is not protected properly.

Organizations should consider compliance requirements and regulations when looking for a Managed File Transfer solution. An effective solution should have a number of encryption methods available to protect sensitive data including SSL, SSH, AES and Open PGP encryption. Audit trails should also be in place to track file transfer activity so you can easily determine what files are being sent, what time they are sent, who the sender and receiver is, and so on. If you are looking for a comprehensive solution be sure to check out our GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer Suite.

Related Blog: PCI DSS v2.0

SQL Field Procedures in IBM i 7.1

Posted by on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010

Field Encryption on the IBM i just got easier.

SQL Field Procedures are a new DB2 feature in version 7.1 that allows a user-specified “exit” program to be called whenever data is read from, inserted into, or updated in a field (column).   This is somewhat similar to database column triggers; however there are two distinct advantages:

  1. Field Procedures allow data to be modified on a Read operation, which allows the exit program to automatically decrypt the field value before it is returned to the customer’s application.
  2. Field Procedures provide a separate internal space to store the encrypted version of the field value.  This allows organizations to encrypt numeric fields such as packed decimal, signed decimal and integer data types without having to store the encrypted values in a separate file.

While IBM provided the hooks into the database with Field Procedures, they rely on 3rd party vendors like us to provide the encryption functions and key management. Linoma worked closely with IBM to test the new Field Procedures and provide feedback to their development team during the early release beta program for 7.1.  This also allowed Linoma sufficient time to fully integrate Field Procedures into Crypto Complete for readiness when i 7.1 ships.

We’re excited about Field Procedures since it will allow customers to implement column-level encryption on the IBM i without modifying their applications.  This is especially important if a customer is running a canned application and/or does not want to modify their source code.

Tested my new iPad with GoAnywhere – It works!

Posted by on Tuesday, 6 April, 2010

Picked up my new iPad last night from the local Apple store.  It was busy in there, but they had plenty of employees to help the eager customers!  They had just received a shipment of iPads a few hours earlier, so I was in and out of the store with the little iPad box in just a few minutes.

I had been reading all the hype on the internet and thought it would be fun to try out this slick new device.

Both my kids have iTouches and love them, but I always thought the  screens were too small to be useful for internet browsing, watching videos, etc.  From what I had read from critics, the iPad was nothing more than a supersized iTouch… which I found is mostly true… but that big touch screen on the iPad is awesome!

First thing I did when I unboxed my iPad was to fire up Safari (the built-in browser) and  see how well it rendered web pages.  It did a nice job for web surfing.  The pages rendered very well.  It was easy to click on hyperlinks (using my finger instead of a mouse was a little weird at first, but it works great with that big screen.  I only “fat fingered” a couple links.).  Only thing I found it doesn’t support is Flash content, but hopefully Apple will get enough flack and will eventually support it.

Next I tried to connect to our GoAnywhere Director product through the iPad’s Safari.  It took me right to the login screen.  I keyed in the GoAnywhere user/password (using the touch screen keypad) and hit submit.  Login Failed!  Found out that I mistyped the user id, which is easy to do until you get used to typing on this thing.  Once I corrected it, I hit submit again and it took me right to the GoAnywhere dashboard.

GoAnywhere’s screens were rendered perfectly!  All of the graphics were lined up nicely.  The font styles and colors looked very sharp.  The drop down menus worked.  I was able to create a couple projects in GoAnywhere and execute.  No problem.  The performance was very good.   GoAnywhere’s client interface does not use applets, ActiveX controls or Flash… just HTML and JavaScript.  So I suspect that is why iPad’s Safari did not have any problems with it.  So when you are on the road with your iPad, you too will be able to work with your copy of GoAnywhere!

Besides using the browser, iPad is great for watching videos too.  It has a NetFlix app that lets you watch movies real time, which is great.    Eventually I hope most NetFlix movies are available to watch online so I don’t have to goto my mailbox for DVDs any more.

At first I was thinking about giving away this iPad at the next trade show as a prize, but now I think I will keep this one for myself.. and buy another one for the giveaway :)

The iPad is addictive.

~ Bob

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