Archive for category Managed File Transfer

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.

 

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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.

 

Finding the Path to PCI DSS Compliance

Posted by on Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

PCI DSS Compliance with Managed File TransferIf you’re doing business and collecting payments via credit card, debit card, or other e-commerce options that allow you to store and/or transmit cardholder data, you are subject to PCI DSS compliance regulations.

In an attempt to reduce credit card fraud, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council developed an information security standard for those with access to consumers’ transactions and card numbers.  This standard continues to evolve, and is now labeled PCI DSS 2.0.  While the compliance verification process isn’t formal for all organizations, they all must meet the standard to manage liability in case of credit card fraud.

Linoma Software has published a new white paper entitled PCI DSS Compliance with Managed File Transfer that reviews the requirements for PCI DSS 2.0, and explains what role implementing a managed file transfer solution can have in meeting several aspects of the regulations, especially the protection of cardholder data. Download the white paper now, and review other resources available at GoAnywhereMFT.com.

How Important is Auditing Your File Transfers?

Posted by on Monday, 30 January, 2012

When you send someone a file via FTP, how do you know — and later prove — that it was successfully sent?

It might be possible to save a screen shot as long as the process was simple and you can see all the commands on a single screen.  But what if your commands start getting complex? And if you start sending quite a few files every day, how do you organize all these screen shots so that you can easily retrieve proof 2 1/2 weeks from now. What about 2 1/2 years from now?  Believe me, I’ve been there and it’s no picnic.

Why should you care what files you sent two-and-a-half years ago anyway?  To begin with,  it’s the law… for most of us anyway.  Most businesses are required by law to maintain an audit trail of any files that hold personally identifiable information in the data.  Still, we shouldn’t do it just because it is the law, we should do it because it’s is a good business practice to protect and track the movement of all business information.

How to Audit

The screen capture option is probably the worst-case scenario in maintaining an audit trail of all your FTP transactions.  It makes sense to look into better tools to manage your FTP processing that make it easier and safer to prove the files have been sent or received from the correct locations.

In most windows-based FTP tools, whether free or purchased, there are options to maintain a log of all your transactions.  Here’s an example of GoAnywhere Director’s job log that shows the status of your file transfers, and allows you to drill down further into each job to find out even more.

managed file transfer, secure file transfer, audit logs

Other FTP software solutions have similar settings.  Logging your transactions provides the audit trail you need to prove that you have done your part in sending or retrieving the files.  Managed file transfer solutions, in addition to providing necessary file transfer security, provide an even better audit trail by logging exactly who sent or received the files.

Bottom line: Your FTP audit logs should be easy to find and understand just in case you are audited 2 1/2  years from now.

MFT Helps Strengthen Business Relationships

Posted by on Monday, 9 January, 2012

Our business environment today is really all about relationships.  Not just relationships with people but also our relationship with information: private, sensitive, timely, accurate, priceless data that is literally the lifeblood of the business that we obtain daily from our trusting customers and vendors and exchange with our trusted business partners.

managed file transfer, secure file transferOf concern is how information is being exchanged. Too often, business owners/managers are stuck in the mindset of sending business information by email and if it is too big, perhaps by FTP.  Neither of these methods are, by any means, safe and secure. As businesses grow and its information relationships become more complex, how do we know who within the office is sending what data to which partners? And who is actually receiving it? As the demand for data exchange increases, so do the complexity and risk of managing all of these processes.

This increased complexity exponentially increases the chance of some information getting sent to the wrong place at the wrong time or accessed by the wrong people. If this happens, we are required by state laws to disclose this data breach to our customers, which undermines the trust and the relationships that we have so carefully worked to build with clients and partners.

As business processes continue to become more regulated and complex, it is critical that these data exchanges are improved. Controlling and automating data exchanges can be greatly simplified and secured by implementing a managed file transfer (MFT) system. The good news is that it isn’t too difficult with the right tools.  MFT solutions are available to provide powerful, yet simple ways to address these challenges.

Those companies that can earn and maintain the trust of their customers and trading partners not only through their business interactions, but also by the way they respect and protect their data exchanges, will be the leaders in today’s global business environment.