Archive for category Managed File Transfer

Computing Security Magazine Reviews GoAnywhere

Posted by on Monday, 18 February, 2013

As you probably know, GoAnywhere is not the only managed file transfer product on the market.  A handful of vendors offer their versions of a product to help streamline the file transfer process with features that are designed to keep that data secure.

Many of the people we talk to are researching several companies trying to decide which product will best serve their needs, and naturally, all of the vendors believe theirs is the best fit.

We’ve been developing resources over the last few years to help define what sets GoAnywhere apart, and as a result, we’ve built a bigger library of case studies, added a growing collection of customer success videos, and continued to marvel at the growing list of comments that our customers make about our products on LinkedIn.

We’ve also built an MFT Checklist that provides a list of features and considerations organizations should investigate when talking with competing vendors.

The latest evidence we have to support the fact that GoAnywhere is a comprehensive, flexible, well-supported and easy-to-implement solution that can help any industry automate, simplify and encrypt their file transfers is a product review in Computing Security Magazine.

GoAnywhere Product ReviewHighlights of the review include these:

“There are plenty of MFT (managed file transfer) solutions on the market, and Linoma’s GoAnywhere is one of the most versatile and secure we’ve seen so far.”

“The enhanced file transfer interface is very simple to use, and provides drag-and-drop facilities between the client and their assigned directory on the GoAnywhere host.”

“We created a project to securely transfer a large folder, using FTPS from our domain controller to the GoAnywhere host system in minutes.”

To read the entire review, you can download it here.

 

 

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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Hacking and File Transfers: What You Need to Know

Posted by on Tuesday, 4 December, 2012

In the battle to secure information, it helps to know a little bit about how it can be compromised. Using FTP is one way to expose critical vulnerabilities that can allow credentials to be hacked.  However, these holes in security can also be easily closed if you know how.

How Hackers Discover Vulnerabilities

Here’s how hackers could access sensitive data sent via FTP.  With the use of a “sniffing” tool, an attacker could intercept and log any data traveling across the network. This log can then be analyzed to look at the content that was sent across specific TCP ports like FTP (port 21), as well as the user ID and passwords used to log in to the FTP servers that may have been sent as clear text.

managed file transfer, secure file transferStart with Networks, Routers, and Firewalls

To prevent this kind of hacking, the wired network can be secured by first making sure network ports are not available for public access, and then by separating network segments for sensitive servers and workstations.

However, many companies also have wireless networks where hackers just need reasonable proximity to the Wi-Fi signal, such as in an adjacent office or parking lot.  Therefore, it is critical to secure wireless routers with WPA or WPA2 encryption options, rather than WEP encryption, which is no longer considered effective protection against hackers.

Once networks are secured, the next most effective tactic against hackers is to block all FTP traffic at the firewall. Then, for permitted file transfers, allow only secure encryption protocols such as SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS, PGP, or GPG for file exchanges in and out of the network. These security restrictions will deter most hackers.

Security Measures Can Be Challenging

Implementing these security measures is important, but it doesn’t come without some challenges.  The IT staff will have to handle more complicated secure file transfer management processes, and users may be inconvenienced as files are transferred to people and organizations that need them.  As a result, users may look for a workaround for sending and receiving files to avoid being slowed down by the IT staff.  Popular alternatives users may try include email attachments or browser-based cloud services such as Dropbox that present a new vector of vulnerability as these options may not meet necessary security standards.

MFT Minimizes Hassle, Solves Security Vulnerabilities

There is a solution, however, that can provide not only the highest security for file transfers, but also create fewer hassles for both the IT department and the general employee.

Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions increase data file security implementations and simplify the entire file management process by providing the tools for easily creating and managing all of the unique encryption keys for the company’s various trading partners.  Access controls can be set up for authorizing each employee’s file exchange requirements. MFT also provides a detailed log of all transactions so that any required audits may be easily fulfilled.

Some MFT vendors also provide intuitive and convenient email encryption solutions that can integrate with existing corporate email clients such as Outlook. This reduces the temptation for employees to use workaround tools that may bypass the security restrictions that have been put in place to prevent hacking of sensitive data.

Keeping data secure is an ongoing mandate that will only become more critical as industries move toward paperless environments.  Adopting a managed file transfer solution is one of the best ways to strengthen your file transfer processes and security as the pressure and liability risks continue to grow.

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Daniel Cheney

Daniel has been the IT Director at a healthcare company for the last 12 years and a longtime beneficiary of GoAnywhere Director and the IBM i platform. He is also a technical analyst and writer for various technical and social media projects with Humanized Communications.

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Managed File Transfer is Focus of IT Jungle Coverage

Posted by on Tuesday, 13 November, 2012

Following a webinar we did last week called “Automating and Securing File Transfers,” industry reporter Dan Burger with IT Jungle spent time talking with Linoma Software’s Chief Architect Bob Luebbe to get his take on the challenges involved in maintaining secure and efficient file transfer processes.

Bob said that he’s seeing a growing number of companies who are looking for solutions that not only manage secure file transfers with trading partners, but also can facilitate database integration and ad-hoc file transfers.

“For one thing,” Luebbe said, “(organizations) want employees to initiate transfers, but with managed and audit capabilities and within an authorized and manageable FTP environment that avoids security exposure. Companies are trying to lock down email to prevent file sharing and there is an emphasis to block the use of free file-sharing sites.”

Check out IT Jungle’s article entitled “Managed File Transfer More Than Meets the Eye” to read more of Bob’s observations, and if you’d like to learn how GoAnywhere addresses the challenges of ad-hoc file transfer security specifically, you’ll want to register for this week’s webinar, “Ad-Hoc File Transfer: Easy and Secure.”

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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Customer Success Story: United Security Life and Health

Posted by on Friday, 31 August, 2012

It’s Friday, heading into a long overdue holiday weekend, so we thought we’d share a video we recently posted that highlights how Lorraine Callahan, a senior programmer analyst with United Security Life and Health, has implemented GoAnywhere to improve workflow and save time.

 

GoAnywhere Success Story: United Security Insurance
YouTube - GoAnywhere Success Story: United Security Insurance

 

If you’d like to see other customer success stories, visit our website where you can find videos, testimonials, and case studies.

 

 

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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The Big Question: How to Manage File Transfers Without Depending on a Programmer

Posted by on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

Accounting needs to receive invoices from vendors at various times on a daily basis.  Human Resources needs to transmit scheduled secured documents to the bank hourly and must follow PCI guidelines.  The legal department needs to provide a location for third party vendors to drop contracts for approval and encryption is crucial.  Real estate has maps and drawings that are extremely large and have to be unzipped onto a separate internal server.

managed file transfer, programmerThese are scenarios that most all IT departments face on a regular basis.  But, what if you manage an iSeries shop and these transfers involve a Windows or Linux server?  How do you handle these quickly, managing a multitude of options with access to numerous internal servers?

Historically, iSeries shops would have their developers and programmers write individual command language or high level programming scripts to accommodate specific requests from each of the departments as needed.  To save time and effort, these scripts would often have been replicated and tweaked based on new requests.

But, what if the communication protocol changes?  The IP address changes?  There are updates to user IDs and passwords?  Any of these fairly typical complications extends the programming life cycle, tying up valuable resources for research, programming, unit testing, QA, acceptance and implementation.

This now begs the question:  How can you manage all your file transfers logically and specifically by request but, most importantly, without having to tie up a programming resource?

The most practical solution is to transfer your iSeries FTP scripts to a Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution.  This allows you to separate management of the communication service from the file movement and manipulation.  Effectively, you get to pick and choose when and how to communicate or where to place the file without requiring a programming resource.

An additional benefit of utilizing an MFT solution is that the scheduling of file transfers can also be relocated into the MFT solution further allowing your programming staff to focus more on the internal file processing than the intricacies of communication and file placement.  This reduces your development cost and allows you to provide a solid solution to your requesting departments with a faster and improved turnaround time, not to mention a more manageable effort for future enhancements.

Once it has been configured, an MFT solution will change the way you initiate and maintain FTP requests from within your organization or from an outside resource.  GoAnywhere Director combined with GoAnywhere Services allows for a truly flexible transition into a “Managed” file transfer that will allow you to re-focus your development and programming staff and allow for a quick return on your investment.

 

Rick Elliott

Rick is a Sr. Product Specialist at Linoma Software. He helps develop and support the Crypto Complete and GoAnywhere MFT software packages. You can find out more about Rick from his LinkedIn Profile.

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