4 Benefits of On-premise Enterprise File Sync and Sharing

Benefits of on-premise EFSSToo many organizations have underestimated the value of mission-critical business documents.  Some employees may take great risks with sensitive or proprietary information and hope that nothing bad happens.

Today, there’s a new way for your entire organization to easily store documents and enjoy secure collaboration with GoDrive by GoAnywhereTM.  What makes GoDrive unique is the underlying technology, which provides powerful security and access management to make sure your data is safe.

Let’s look at the four biggest benefits of the GoDrive Enterprise File Sync and Sharing (EFSS) solution:

  1. Better Protection. Cloud-based file sharing services are limited in their ability to protect your sensitive business documents. As high profile service providers, they are under increased threat of attack by hackers, as seen in recent headlines regarding security concerns and data breaches. In contrast, GoDrive allows you to store your sensitive documents on your server of choice, providing you with local security and management of those documents.
  2. Efficiency and Control. Sending email attachments can be problematic due to file size restrictions or their vulnerability to interception during transmission. The GoDrive EFSS central storage lets you share a document once and continue to make updates, all the while shared users are accessing the most current information.
  3. Convenience. The GoDrive EFSS solution eliminates the need for memory sticks to transport data and the risk associated with using them. Your files can be securely accessed anywhere, anytime with a secure Internet connection and browser.
  4. Easy Sharing. Network drives can be found in nearly every office for sharing files within your department.  However, it’s not so convenient if you want to share files between remote office locations or when working offsite.  EFSS enables you to connect and share simply and easily without boundaries.

GoDrive is built on the proven security features of GoAnywhere ServicesTM.  The intuitive interface is simple for employees and trading partners, and project leaders will appreciate the advanced activity monitoring and email notifications.

Talk to your IT administrator about the security advantages of GoDrive.  They can even download a FREE full feature trial for evaluation.

5 Ways Healthcare is Using Managed File Transfer

Healthcare organizations looking to improve secure file transfer processes have discovered the many advantages of Managed File Transfer (MFT) and the GoAnywhereTM Suite.

UTMC and AnMed HealthMeeting regulatory compliance with HIPAA and HITECH, connecting multiple office locations or simply updating legacy systems all create excellent opportunities to evaluate the benefits of MFT.

“The medical environment is changing with new regulations and mandates to be addressed,” says Scott Schwarze, manager of information services at the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC). “We wished for a product that would do most of the heavy lifting.”

1. Eliminating Personnel Risk

UTMC found itself in a vulnerable position when their only employee capable of maintaining complicated VB scripts became seriously ill. AnMed Health in Anderson, South Carolina recognized they were in a similar position with only one network staffer capable of setting up DOS batch transfers.

“With a small staff but large output, the goal was something that all team members could be trained on,” said Schwarze. Despite its extensive capabilities, GoAnywhere customers quickly discover the simplicity of scripting and troubleshooting tasks. Lisa Nanney, senior programmer analyst at AnMed Health adds, “when issues do arise, my operations staff can resolve the problem immediately.”

2. Proactive Notifications

“Our old file transfer system did not offer automatic auditing,” said Nanney. “Because we weren’t proactive, it often took a call from a vendor to discover there was a problem.” While AnMed Health uses notifications in GoAnywhere to raise alerts on file transfer issues, Cancer Registry of Greater California (CRGC) finds them invaluable in improving workflow.

“We knew it was important to manage the flow of documents,” states Cory Hamma, systems support manager for CRGC. When files are uploaded by a partner facility, employees are notified of each successful transfer. This establishes a procedure for timely attention to uploaded files and ensures that they don’t go unprocessed.

3. Reducing Menial Tasks

One of AnMed Health’s initiatives was to eliminate the need for third shift staffing. Their results using the efficient automation tools in GoAnywhere saved programming, operations and network staff over 500 hours a month.

A Network Engineer who handled the FTP server spent at least 24 hours a month troubleshooting transfers. According to Nanney, “he doesn’t even touch transfers now unless we need connection assistance.”

But Nanney didn’t stop there. She went on to automate many of their insurance claims and payment processing. This recovered over 50 hours of Data Center time in addition to accelerating the recoup of payments.

During the evaluation of existing FTP processes for migration to GoAnywhere, the UTMC staff discovered they could eliminate custom processes from the procedure. “By eliminating cut off times for output from SQL jobs, labor hours for SQL developers were cut in half,” says Schwarze.

4. Compatibility with Trading Partners

When UTMC was evaluating file transfer solutions “we assumed going in that we could not impact vendors,” stated Schwarze. “Most of the vendors provided an SFTP or FTPS connection for file transfers.” Their modified policy stated that data must not only go over an encrypted connection, but the files need to be encrypted as well.

Schwarze appreciated GoAnywhere’s ability to connect to most systems using standard file transfer protocols. Files are then encrypted and compressed using Open PGP and other standards. He added, “HIPAA does not require the double encryption method, but we felt in this technology environment it would be prudent.”

AnMed Health had several vendors migrate to SFTP, which posed a problem with their old FTP server. “We do transfers with vendors now that would not have been possible without GoAnywhere,” said Nanney.

5. Replacing Inefficient Processes

CRGC covers a population area of nearly 20 million residents across 48 of California’s 58 counties. In order to transmit files between locations, they were utilizing a number of secure email subscription services. Hamma described this being problematic due to, “the file transfer size limitation, lack of organizational control, and complexity for remote users.”

“Many research files exceeded 1 GB in size,” said Hamma, “so the ability to remove that barrier entirely was huge.” GoAnywhere also resolved organizational control with its detailed audit logs that ensure accurate documentation of who, when and where files are accessed.

For AnMed Health, something as simple as replacing green-bar reporting streamlines operations. Nanney’s team now sends reports to a network drive mapped to the IFS, cutting paper costs and eliminating yearly maintenance for “one dinosaur of a printer”.

Regardless of your industry, GoAnywhere’s MFT Suite delivers real results to improve secure file transfer and collaboration processes. Talk to a representative today and discover what GoAnywhere can do for your organization.

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DropBox is Easy But is it Good for Business?

In the October issue of IBM Systems Magazine, Linoma Software chief architect, Bob Luebbe, raises concerns about the use of cloud-based file sharing apps in a business environment.  In the Technology Showcase, Luebbe questions the practice of trusting sensitive documents to consumer-grade software.

dropbox is easyThese file sharing services – like Dropbox – are popular for exchanging photos and documents between family and friends.  The simple and seemingly magical propagation of files through the Internet to dozens of computers and devices makes it ideal for personal use.

In the article, Luebbe talks about the appeal of these free, or low-cost, file sharing services and the real risk they pose to an organization.  He also presents a secure alternative called Managed File Transfer (MFT) that delivers the same results but with greater control, encryption at rest and in transit, and detailed audit logs.

To learn more, check out Bob Luebbe’s Showcase in the October 2014 issue of IBM Systems Magazine or explore the on-premise MFT solution GoAnywhere™ at GoAnywhere.com.

What GoAnywhere customers should know about Shellshock

On September 24th, vulnerability CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169, also known as Shellshock or the Bash bug, was found in the widely-used Unix Bash shell. The vulnerability allows Bash to execute commands from environment variables unintentionally.

GoAnywhere Director, GoAnywhere Services, and GoAnywhere Gateway run on a JVM which is invoked from within a Bash shell.  While GoAnywhere is not directly affected by this bug, the GoAnywhere startup process utilizes the common JAVA_HOME and JRE_HOME environment variables during the initialization of the JVM.  It is thus possible that a compromised environment variable on a vulnerable Linux and Unix system could cause the startup and shutdown process of GoAnywhere to unintentionally execute other commands and programs.

Linoma Software recommends that our customers who deploy GoAnywhere to Linux and UNIX servers be aware of this security bug and apply the appropriate patches as they become available from your operating system vendor.

SFTP vs FTPS – Best Solution for Secure FTP (Infographic)

With large data breaches recently taking center stage in the media, many businesses have begun paying close attention to internal practices and taking action to improve internal systems and processes. As a result, an increasing number of businesses (people) who rely on data transfers are looking to move away from standard FTP in favor of a more secure method.

We are often asked about the key differences between SFTP and FTPS. There are potential pros and cons with each method, which is why businesses should weigh the differences carefully to determine what option would serve them best.

Over the years, we have tried explaining SFTP vs FTPS in a variety of ways. Between lists and charts and drawings, we found that most people were easily able to comprehend unique aspects of each transfer protocol when it was presented visually.

We created the following infographic to highlight the positives and negatives of using SFTP vs FTPS. You can also view the original blog post for a more detailed comparison.

sftp vs ftps infographic

 

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