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Driving Securely Through “The Cloud ”

Posted by on Monday, 23 May, 2011

The Cloud“Cloud Computing” is not for everything and not for everyone, but it has made a permanent mark in the lexicon of technology services.

What is Cloud Computing?

In simplistic terms, the Cloud is any application, file host, or virtual computer that is accessed solely via the Internet. The hardware and software actually running those services could be anywhere and therefore is referred to as being in “the Cloud.” The Cloud originally was the graphic reference for the Internet in a corporation’s network diagram, but now it refers to the services available via the Internet.

Security Concerns in the Cloud

Security professionals have always had concerns over remote file hosting sites (FHSs) and the recent Tech News about services like RapidShare and Dropbox came to light this week confirmed some of those concerns. Data security in the cloud is like a verbal agreement – as good as the paper it’s written on. Yet the general public and some individuals in large corporations flock to these services daily – completely unaware of the security risks or understanding how “The Cloud” works. Personally Identifiable Information and other sensitive data is floating around and often falls out of the cloud, landing in the wrong hands.

Regardless of the encryption or security practices professed by a Cloud provider, once the data leaves your network, you no longer own, control, or are able to audit that data. In the case of a subpoena at a data center, a cyber attack or when a device is stolen from a Cloud host, that data has been compromised.

There are great advantages and cost-savings to using Cloud based options to accomplish certain business goals. Renting processing time and applications can work out to a lower Total Cost of Ownership, but beaware of the strings attached. I have taken many applications for test-drives in the Cloud, but when I am responsible for transferring sensitive data on which my employer’s integrity and liability are on the line, I prefer using a secure managed file transfer product to drive through the Cloud.

A Secure File Transfer Solution

Connections that are configured correctly will securely send and retrieve files that meet or exceed compliance requirements. The GoAnywhere managed file transfer solution easily encrypts, securely sends and processes data over your existing Internet connection. The GoAnywhere Director automated file transfer application also securely transforms data between platforms and provides native XML scripting.


Dirk Zwart

Dirk Zwart writes Linoma Software’s User Guides for the GoAnywhere secure file transfer applications. Dirk’s writing topics have covered everything from hardware manuals, software guides, security policies for compliance projects and reviews of consumer electronics. Follow Dirk and Linoma Software on Linkedin or Facebook/Twitter.

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Virtually in the Cloud

Posted by on Friday, 24 September, 2010

The buzz around cloud computing and virtualization is exciting. Virtualization is not a new concept as this is a progression from distributed computing. What creates the excitement is that virtualization has gained momentum with a few key players making it easy to manage virtual servers via a console or hypervisor.

Why virtualize secure file transfers? The file management realm grew-up with the notion that nothing is secure unless it can be physically segregated in a locked room. This is not reality anymore. “Bare Metal” or “Domain 0” virtual servers are just as secure as physical boxes, but they need to be hardened at the operating system level in the same way as a physical server.

“Virtualization doesn’t fit the traditional mold of dedicated servers to handle a corporation’s encryption of sensitive data, secure data transfers or data translation functions,” says Bob Luebbe, Chief Architect at Linoma Software. “There were many variables to consider, but we were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to implement a full VMware environment. The virtual servers were easy to manage and move among hosts.”

The GoAnywhere suite of managed file transfer solutions are tested and certified for virtualized and cloud environments. GoAnywhere Director and GoAnywhere Services are the only VMware Ready software-based secure managed file transfer solutions available. GoAnywhere Gateway is the VMware Ready reverse proxy gateway for the DMZ that integrates with GoAnywhere Services.

Dirk Zwart

Dirk Zwart writes Linoma Software’s User Guides for the GoAnywhere secure file transfer applications. Dirk’s writing topics have covered everything from hardware manuals, software guides, security policies for compliance projects and reviews of consumer electronics. Follow Dirk and Linoma Software on Linkedin or Facebook/Twitter.

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