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Transferring Large Files over the Internet? A Few Managed File Transfer Recommendations

Posted by on Monday, 29 November, 2010

Internet File TransfersRecent posts on this blog have outlined reasons to consider installing a file transfer system that will help streamline productivity and secure the transfer of sensitive documents. We understand that selecting a product can be time consuming. To help you make the most educated decision here are a few more helpful suggestions to consider when selecting a managed file transfer solution.

  • Easy to learn and easy to use – The managed file transfer (MFT) system you choose should have an intuitive interface that can be learned quickly. No programming skills should be required. If it isn’t easy to use, end-users and non-IT personnel will shy away from using it.
  • Audit trails – The secure file transfer solution should produce comprehensive audit trails of all file transfer activity and support SYSLOG feeds to a central logging server.
  • Produces alerts – An automated file transfer solution should be able to send you email alerts or texts instantly when problems occur.
  • Password security – The managed file service you choose should not show password values on any screens or logs. Encrypts all passwords that are stored.
  • Remote access – The file transfer product allows for remote administration and monitoring of file transfers, preferably through the browser.
  • Web site transfers – The file transfer solution needs the ability to support HTTP and HTTPS protocols for transferring data.

A managed file transfer solution can not only save your department time, but it can also save you money. A comprehensive solution will enable you to complete menial tasks and allow your department to concentrate on the larger picture.

Did I mention we have a managed file transfer product…GoAnywhere? GoAnywhere allows organizations to secure and automate the exchange of data with their trading partners, customers, employees and internal systems. Still not sure what you are looking for? We offer a free product trial and we would be happy to schedule a demo to go over how GoAnywhere can help your company.

Related Blog Post: Top 10 Managed File Transfer Considerations

Top 10 Managed File Transfer Considerations

Posted by on Monday, 8 November, 2010

Before looking for a managed file transfer solution, it is important to determine how data is currently being transferred from your organization. You should find out what users and applications are performing the data transfers, where the source of the data resides, how sensitive the data is, how the data is formatted for the partners and what pGoAnywhere Managed File Transferrotocols are used to transmit the information. If the files are encrypted or compressed before transmission, find out what tools and standards are being utilized.

After you’ve done your in-house analysis, then start a search for a secure file transfer solution that best fits your needs. Listed below are the Top 10 managed file transfer considerations.

1. Platform Openness – To reduce the points of connection to sensitive data and reduce the risk of exposure to those without a need-to-know the MFT solution should be installed on the server operating system where the sensitive data and applications reside. If your corporate data mostly resides on the IBM i, then it would make sense to get a MFT solution that runs on the IBM i.

2. Authorization Controls – To meet many compliance regulations, the MFT solution must provide role based access to limit user access to certain servers or MFT functions based on user credentials.

3. Secure FTP – Plain FTP is not secure. The MFT solution must support both SFTP (FTP over SSH) and FTPS (FTP over SSL) protocols for secure FTP transfers.

4. Encryption Standards – At minimum, the solution should support the industry standard encryption standards: AES, Open PGP, AS2, SSH, SSL, TLS and S/MIME.

5. Database Integration – The MFT should readily connect to DB2, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL and other popular database servers for extracting and inserting data.

6. Data Transformation – Is the ability to translate data between popular data formats including XML, CSV, Excel and fixed-width text formats.

7. Data Compression – Compresses and packages data using popular standards such as ZIP, GZIP and TAR to reduce transmission times.

8. Application Integration – The MFT should provide commands and APIs for interfacing with your applications.

9. Scheduling – Allows transfers and other MFT functions to be scheduled for future dates and times.

10. Key Management – Does the MFT include management tools for creating, importing and exporting keys and certificates?

Related Blog Post: What Qualifies a Product as a Managed File Transfer Solution?

What Qualifies a Product as a Managed File Transfer Solution?

Posted by on Tuesday, 26 October, 2010

As more and more companies are seeking a MFT to meet their data transfer needs, the question still arises, what exactly is a Managed File Transfer (MFT)? At a minimum, a Managed File Transfer solution is a product that encompasses all aspects of inbound and outbound file transfers that uses industry proven standards with a central, single point of administration. With a wide variety of products claiming to be a Managed File Transfer solution there are some things you may want to ask yourself (and your vendor).

  • Does the solution use industry standards protocols for secure data transfers?
  • Is the solution centrally administered or are there pc components required for administration?
  • Can I be notified in real time of certain events (e.g. errors) if they occur?
  • How will this solution affect my customers, vendors and trading partners?
  • Can audit reports be generated?
  • What type of security controls does the product have in place to allow separation of duties?
  • Are there additional modules or add-ons that might need to be purchased?
  • If our needs grow beyond our current platform, how does this solution grow with us?

As you research a vendor to handle your Managed File Transfer needs, make sure you choose a vendor that is able to not only meet your current needs, but the needs of the future. Feel free to contact us to discuss your current and future needs as well as answers to the above questions and more.

Virtually in the Cloud

Posted by on Friday, 24 September, 2010

The buzz around cloud computing and virtualization is exciting. Virtualization is not a new concept as this is a progression from distributed computing. What creates the excitement is that virtualization has gained momentum with a few key players making it easy to manage virtual servers via a console or hypervisor.

Why virtualize secure file transfers? The file management realm grew-up with the notion that nothing is secure unless it can be physically segregated in a locked room. This is not reality anymore. “Bare Metal” or “Domain 0” virtual servers are just as secure as physical boxes, but they need to be hardened at the operating system level in the same way as a physical server.

“Virtualization doesn’t fit the traditional mold of dedicated servers to handle a corporation’s encryption of sensitive data, secure data transfers or data translation functions,” says Bob Luebbe, Chief Architect at Linoma Software. “There were many variables to consider, but we were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to implement a full VMware environment. The virtual servers were easy to manage and move among hosts.”

The GoAnywhere suite of managed file transfer solutions are tested and certified for virtualized and cloud environments. GoAnywhere Director and GoAnywhere Services are the only VMware Ready software-based secure managed file transfer solutions available. GoAnywhere Gateway is the VMware Ready reverse proxy gateway for the DMZ that integrates with GoAnywhere Services.

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