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RSA Conference 2015 Recap

Posted by on Friday, 8 May, 2015

RSA Conference 2015 Moscone Center South HallAfter an influx of high-profile data breaches, it was no surprise that the RSA Conference saw a record crowd this year of 33,000 attendees. The Moscone Center in San Francisco is a great venue and packed with attendees, over 500 vendors, 290 sessions and 700 speakers, there was no disputing the fact that if you were interested in anything related to information security, this was the place to be.

Walking amidst the sea of vendors in the North and South Halls it was easy to be simply overwhelmed by the sheer volume of displays, gimmicks and swag tactics. As this was my first RSA Conference, I was very excited to see and experience the myriad of phenomenon that comes standard with any conference of this size. Some of the booth displays are seriously impressive, huge LED screens, Oculus Rift interactive displays, flashy lights and celebrity look-alikes were everywhere. The great thing about it is that every single person or vendor at the conference was working toward the same goal in some form or fashion…securing information. If you were on a mission to find a product or person to help you achieve a higher level of security for your company’s specific needs, chances are you would find it here once you took the time to look. With so much going on, after a while everything starts to look the same, so you really have to pay attention or engage in conversations to figure out what most of the vendors at RSA Conference are representing.

RSA Conference 2015Sharing Files, Sharing Conversations

The GoAnywhere Booth at RSA 2015In the slightly quieter South Hall, our booth saw significant and steady traffic throughout the conference. It was great talking to people and getting firsthand feedback on the challenges they face and the concerns they had about security for their organizations. One thing I found to be a recurring theme in these conversations was the desire for file sharing solutions that were not cloud-based. I thought that was interesting as it seemed there were 10 cloud vendors for every non-cloud vendor with a display at RSA 2015.

With the sheer volume of cloud products represented, it was nice seeing the looks on people’s faces when they learned that GoAnywhere is an on-premise Managed File Transfer (MFT) product. I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said, “Not in the cloud? Oh good, better security.” I think as more people come to realize that they are responsible for the security of their data no matter where it is stored, being able to encrypt, control and monitor that data in your own local environment becomes paramount for many.

RSA Conference 2015I like analogies and when it comes to cloud vs on-premise, I personally tend to think of it in terms of storage. I can store my belongings in my home or I can pay for a space at a public storage facility. If my belongings were in a public storage facility, all it takes is someone with a lock cutter to gain access and chances are with all the traffic going in and out, it wouldn’t be noticed until it’s too late. RSA Conference 2015Personally, I prefer storing things in my basement or attic simply because I am diligent (perhaps overly so) about my home security. Sure, there are risks in any situation, but I prefer having my belongings and risk in an environment I can completely control. If I want to add Fort Knox level security measures to make it difficult for an intruder to get in, there’s nothing stopping me from doing that, it’s my home after all. Given the many conversations had and overheard at this year’s RSA Conference, I’m not alone in my thinking. It’s astonishing how many people seemed more comfortable with the idea of their digital data staying on premise, not in the cloud. When they learn that GoAnywhere can give them the ability to send, collaborate, secure and automate data transfers on premise, it’s like watching kids at a candy store. Those conversations are what makes attending these conferences so worthwhile, there is so much you can learn.

My RSA 2015 #SecSelfieOverall, the conference was a great experience, especially for a first timer. I chatted with several people who had wonderful things to say about the sessions, networking and things that they learned and the various speakers who presented. While it might be information overload to some extent with such a big crowd and so many sessions, speakers and vendors, I thought it was a friendly,energetic and informative atmosphere. I met a ton of great people, got to chat with some customers and really learned a lot about how people can/do use our software and which features truly make their work easier. One thing is for sure, we are definitely looking forward to returning next year to the RSA Conference.

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

Posted by on Thursday, 14 August, 2014

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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Managed File Transfer 101: What’s in it for Me?

Posted by on Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

managed file transfer 101 - fileTransferGroupThe term MFT (Managed File Transfer) is not new but you may be hearing it more frequently.  Changes in data security and transmission regulations have brought this established technology to the forefront, but what exactly does it entail?

Linoma Software recently hosted “Managed File Transfer 101”, a webinar to present the essentials of MFT and what you should look for when researching an MFT solution for your organization.

Current State of File Transfer

In the presentation, Bob Luebbe, chief architect of Linoma Software, talked about the existing challenges of file transfer:

  • Old technology – such as Standard FTP – is still in use despite limitations and risks posed by data “sent in the clear”.
  • Time consuming manual processes that might include the use of PC tools.  Scripts are also a legacy of old processes that continue to saddle IT departments.  Programmers create and maintain these scripts – often hundreds or thousands – to automate transfers.
  • File access is often too decentralized, making it difficult to control and manage.  Compliance has become more stringent in data management.
  • Lack of notifications critical to insure successful data movement, rather than waiting for a partner to notice missing or incomplete transfers.  Traditional logs can be helpful but are also hard to find and filter for adequate audit trails.  The big issue is meeting data privacy regulations (e.g., PCI-DSS, HIPAA, GLBA and SOX) without centralized logs.
  • Employees are still sending files unchecked.  Without a simple and secure alternative, employees find their own solutions for file portability to maintain productivity.

This final point often involves employees storing sensitive files on their PCs and laptops, sending documents through email, and utilizing cloud storage providers – like Dropbox – without proper controls in place.  If a company doesn’t have internal policies in place to address file sharing and transfers, the liability risk can be severe.

In a 2013 study by Stroz Friedberg on Information Security in American Business, it was found that 3 out of 4 office workers upload work files to their personal email or cloud account.  Of this group, 37% said it was because they prefer using their personal computer while 14% said it’s because taking their work laptop home was simply too much effort.

managed file transfer 101 - 58percent_send_to_wrong_personThe same survey highlighted the role of senior managers in an organization’s data risk.  Often the worst offenders, 58% admitted to accidently sending sensitive information to the wrong person. Just over half also admitted to taking files with them after leaving a job.

While MFT won’t put a stop to this practice, a workflow built on the secure storage of sensitive business documents will add transparency to file access activity.

What is Managed File Transfer?

File Transfers, in their basic form, involve the sharing of files with others through FTP, email or a cloud solution.  In contrast, Managed File Transfer takes a centralized enterprise-level approach to automating and securing file transfers.  This produces a secured, scheduled and trackable file transfer. By creating transparency within your organization, files are tracked and logged as they enter and leave your network.  MFT is a smart solution for companies who understand the liability and risk involved in transmitting sensitive data.

  • Keep files safe and secure
  • Make sure files go where they are needed, when they are needed
  • Track files from start to finish for compliance purposes

To see what MFT looks like in a real world example, the team at Linoma would be happy to schedule a live demo of the GoAnywhere Suite.  You can also click here to view the entire webinar for free. Discover how simple and affordable it can be to utilize an MFT solution in your organization.

Managed File Transfer Mobile App Targets Cloud Storage

Posted by on Friday, 14 March, 2014

The introduction of smart phones and tablets quickly spawned an industry of mobile apps and cloud storage.  With the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace, the demand for simple and efficient file sharing skyrocketed.  IT departments lacked the tools to satisfy internal customer demands so, in the interest of maintaining productivity, employees found workarounds through unsecured apps and public storage.

GoAnywhere mobile apps

Best of Both Worlds

Today, Managed File Transfer (MFT) software is bringing document management full circle.  In addition to flexibility, automation and improved compliance reporting, MFT has dramatically simplified how trading partners and end users interact with documents.  Mobile apps and web-based clients are bridging the gap recently filled by cloud storage providers.

The real advantage lies in returning control to the network administrator.  Data remains on corporate servers so no information is uploaded to the cloud.  Authorized users are restricted to accessing designated folders and administrators control permission settings, such as read-only or upload rights.  Secure Mail functionality allows users to send email messages with a unique link to files that recipients can download securely through a HTTPS connection.

Reducing Risk of Data Loss

Reliance on policy enforcement to control data security was always an uneasy stop-gap solution.  Now, IT personnel can transition resources to focus on strategic initiatives rather than police information flow.

The GoAnywhere File Transfer app is available for download now on iTunes and the Google Play store. It is free to customers licensed for the GoAnywhere Services HTTP/s module.

If you’d like to learn more about Managed File Transfer and it’s ability to transform your IT operations, contact a GoAnywhere team member today.

Linoma Joins HANDD at InfoSecurity Europe

Posted by on Wednesday, 24 April, 2013

Following on the heels of the InfoSec Conference in Orlando last week, we’ve crossed the pond to co-sponsor an exhibition stand with longtime partners HANDD Business Solutions at the InfoSecurity Europe conference in London.  This event brings experts from all areas of cyber, network, cloud and data security together to discuss key issues and educate IT professionals on best practices.

InfoSecurity EuropeNo matter where an organization does business, keeping private data protected, avoiding data breach, and implementing appropriate policies and procedures to meet a variety of compliance guidelines are formidable challenges.

On the top of the minds of IT professionals who stopped by our stand, #C95, was how to find a better file sharing alternative than the free cloud-based services that have become popular with employees, but that are virtually impossible to monitor and track to meet compliance guidelines.

Read HANDD’s blog post to hear more about the first day at InfoSec Europe.  You might also check out this informative infographic that HANDD developed entitled “Dropbox vs Secure Managed File Transfer” to examine the challenges of cloud file storage options.

 

 

Susan Baird

Susan is the Marketing Manager at Linoma Software, helping promote our secure file transfer and encryption solutions. Her specialty is content creation and social media marketing.

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