5 Signs Your Organization is Ready for MFT

Managed File Transfer Levels the Playing Field for SMB

Low-cost file transfer tools allow mid-market businesses to make simple data exchanges both internally and externally.  As your company grows, however, trading partners demand enterprise-level systems to improve reliability and data security.

cityscape - mft readyManaged File Transfer (MFT) emerged to reduce the cost and programming skills required for you to meet customer requirements and stay competitive in the marketplace. According to an Info-Tech Research Group report on selecting and implementing an MFT solution, there are five signs that indicate your organization could benefit from this technology.

  1. A need for transparency and traceability in file exchange activities
  2. New business relationships mandate adherence to compliance laws and privacy regulations
  3. Traditional methods of sending data, such as FTP, aren’t secure
  4. Processes need to be more agile and adapt to changing network conditions
  5. The inability to comply with government reporting requirements

MFT provides comprehensive audit trails and monitoring to document all file transfer activity. Reports generated from this data show every interaction with the files on your server in great detail and allow you to better serve customers by responding quickly when problems do arise.

When security and reporting tools are needed to meet strict regulatory compliance standards of even highly-regulated industries, MFT delivers.  These include the data protection and integrity requirements found in PCI DSS, GLBA, SOX, Dodd-Frank and state privacy laws.

In light of recent high profile data breaches, many organizations have chosen to reduce their risk by seeking alternatives to unsecure FTP.  MFT gives you the flexibility to connect with trading partners using secure protocols and popular encryption methods like SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS, AS2, Open PGP and ZIP with AES.

In addition, automation and simplified workflows offered in many MFT solutions streamline the process of adding and onboarding trading partners. Companies can reduce or eliminate time spent on manual file exchanges and interrupted file transfers, thus reducing administrative costs and assuring the timely delivery of mission-critical data.

To explore MFT further, download this useful checklist to help in your evaluation of vendors and find the best solution for your organization.

Linoma Software Ranks Among Top Companies on the Inc. 5000 List

inc. 5000 - medallionFor the third year in a row, Linoma Software is proud to announce that we were the recipient of the Inc. 5000 award as one of the fastest-growing private companies among America’s independent entrepreneurs.  Linoma Software joins 24 high growth companies in Nebraska and is the only software company ranked in the state.

“The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg.

You can view Linoma Software’s listing on the Inc. website and see how other companies scored by visiting: http://www.inc.com/profile/linoma-software

Do Your Homework When Choosing a Managed File Transfer Solution

Linoma Software emerged as an early pioneer in MFT (managed file transfer).  Starting in 2002 with a solution for automating and managing file transfers, capabilities soon expanded to support encryption standards to help organizations protect sensitive and confidential data.

Companies of all sizes quickly recognized how MFT could help them establish centralized control over file access, streamline file transfer processes, and simplify compliance through detailed audit logs and reporting.  This has led to a surge in providers, each with their own flavor of MFT.

This increasingly crowded marketplace has made it difficult for IT security professionals to research and recommend the best MFT solution to meet their organization’s particular needs.  That’s why Linoma Software’s chief architect Bob Luebbe believes so highly in the value of quality research like the recent report on the vendor landscape for MFT by Info-Tech Research Group.

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The Info-Tech report entitled “Select and Implement a Managed File Transfer Solution” gives you the tools to fully explore your organization’s requirements for MFT.

“Managed file transfer software is frequently purchased to meet the requirements of one initiative,” states Luebbe, “but companies quickly discover the advantages of implementing MFT across all areas of file management.”  Proper planning allows you to ‘secure file transfers today and avoid worrying about tomorrow’.

Assembling a thorough assessment of system-to-system and ad-hoc file transfers across every department allows you to match current and future demands to MFT providers identified as leaders in those particular areas.

Choosing an MFT solution is an investment of both money and time.  “If you’re not 100% confident in the software’s ability to communicate with your existing systems and perform to your expectations, that should be reason for concern,” Luebbe cautions.

“Install fully functional trial software on your own system, request a personalized demo where you can see the software in action and have the ability to ask specific questions, and always ask for references from customers using the software in a similar fashion.”

Luebbe concludes, “Linoma Software believes in MFT’s ability to help an organization achieve regulatory compliance, increase security and streamline processes.  It’s important to us that everyone has a positive experience with this transformative technology.”

Read the entire Info-Tech Research Group report on the MFT vendor landscape for yourself at http://go.linomasoftware.com/infotech2015.

GoAnywhere MFT™ Enters the Drummond AS2 Certification Queue

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This spring, Linoma Software started the extensive process of reviewing and testing its AS2 automation features against the world’s highest standards, as set by the Drummond Group, LLC. Drummond Certified™ products are compliant and interoperable to make sure they truly interface with the systems of customers and partners.

GoAnywhere MFT™ recently completed the first phase of testing, the results of which confirmed compatibility with RFC 4130.  The testing also verified GoAnywhere’s compliance with optional profiles for:

  • FN (Filename Preservation)
  • MA (Multiple Attachments)
  • FN-MA (Filename Preservation with Multiple Attachments)
  • CTE (Chunked Transfer Encoding)
  • SHA2 hash algorithms supporting SHA256, SHA384 and SHA512

GoAnywhere MFT was added to the Drummond AS2 Certification Queue where it will be tested against all AS2 Drummond Certified products. Linoma Software anticipates certification for GoAnywhere MFT this fall.

10 Ways to Make File Transfers Easier, Automated and Secure

If you’re still managing file transfer processes using traditional methods that include complicated scripts and legacy programs, the potential risks are great. In addition to being a drain on your time, they could also be putting critical data at risk.

10 Ways to Make File Transfers Easier, Automated and SecureIn a recent webinar, “10 Ways to Make File Transfers Easier, Automated and Secure“, Linoma Software chief architect Bob Luebbe talked about key issues and how they are easily addressed using a modern Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution.

The challenges covered included:

  • old technology still in use
  • time consuming manual processes
  • a lack of error alerts or audit logs to meet compliance rules
  • employees sending files unchecked through email, cloud-sharing and portable storage devices

Luebbe went on to introduce the advantages of MFT, and offered the top three considerations when evaluating an MFT solution:

  1. ease of use
  2. centralized security and control
  3. auditing and alerts

Following Bob’s presentation, software development manager Steve Luebbe gave a tour of Linoma Software’s GoAnywhereMFT Suite and demonstrated how it can help users to simplify, automate and secure file transfers.

The webinar ended with a summary of the 10 ways MFT helps in the areas of secure file transfer, full feature data translation and time-saving automation.

This free on-demand webinar is recommended for anyone managing mission-critical file transfers, organizations with individuals sending sensitive file attachments through email and cloud storage (i.e., Dropbox), and IT professionals faced with increasing regulatory and compliance requirements.