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.
Of 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.
There’s no better way to kick off the new year than with a new release of Linoma Software’s GoAnywhere™ Director, our popular managed file transfer software.
GoAnywhere Director is the flagship component of the GoAnywhere managed file transfer suite, and it’s used by thousands of enterprise customers who need to initiate secure file transfers as part of their daily workflow.
Whether exchanging data with trading partners, vendors, customers, or even other servers, GoAnywhere Director is the preferred solution for our clients in both the IBM Power Systems environment as well as Linux, Windows, Solaris and others because it simplifies, automates and secures file transfers efficiently, while still remaining affordable.
Director 4.0 has added a variety of features to improve the user experience, including enhanced job controls, custom add-ons, new options for holiday calendars for scheduling, and more than 30 additional advanced functions.
For more details, check out our latest announcement, or dig deeper by reviewing the software release notes.
If you’ve been considering a different solution for handling your secure file transfers, we invite you to begin 2012 by investigating GoAnywhere. Learn more about our managed file transfer solution, or simply request a free trial.
Rounding out our series of GoAnywhere product videos, we’ve recently added an overview of GoAnywhere Gateway. It explains how incorporating a reverse proxy and a forward proxy into your managed file transfer processes adds an extra layer of protection for your private network.
When GoAnywhere Gateway is implemented, trading partners can exchange files with your organization without gaining access to your private network because no inbound ports will need to be opened to complete the exchange. This feature is especially important to auditors evaluating compliance with regulations such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, and SOX.
Our Gateway video premier coincides with the release of our latest white paper entitled DMZ Gateways: Secret Weapons for Data Security. Please let us know if you’d like to learn more about how our reverse proxy DMZ gateway can improve your secure file transfer system.
By now, most companies have gotten the message that their data – as well as the sensitive data belonging to customers and partners – needs reliable protection from unauthorized access. The ever growing regulatory environment is making it more and more painful for any company who does not take their data security seriously.
The difference between the desire to keep data secure and actually getting it done, however, has proven to be challenging, especially considering the extraordinary amount of data that is being shared among companies and their customers, health care providers, financial institutions and more as part of daily business activities.
A common approach for sharing information with partners is to deploy a FTP or SFTP server in the “public” area of the company’s network called the DMZ (demilitarized zone) where authorized users can drop off or retrieve files. Those files will often remain in the DMZ until an internal program or user copies them into the private network for processing.
Industry regulators and compliance auditors are becoming increasingly alarmed at this practice of staging files in the DMZ, because even if those files are encrypted, they are more susceptible to theft by savvy hackers. Worse yet, if the company decides to move those file servers into the private network, they may unintentionally be allowing unwanted access through open inbound ports.
A solution that’s gaining in popularity is the reverse proxy DMZ gateway, which is used as a secure bridge between your trading partners and your file servers. A DMZ gateway allows you to move file servers and other public services out of the DMZ and into the private network without having to open inbound ports. Because it serves both as a reverse proxy for handling inbound traffic and a forward proxy for any outbound file transfer requests originating from inside your network, DMZ gateways keep the auditors happy and your data safe in the private network.
For more information about how a DMZ gateway works and what advantages it brings to your network security, please download our new white paper DMZ Gateways: Secret Weapons for Data Security. Then, let us know what you think!
We’re always looking for new ways to illustrate the power and versatility of our GoAnywhere suite of secure file transfer and encryption solutions. Very simply, GoAnywhere helps you streamline, encrypt and automate your file transfer processes to save time and money while meeting ever-growing compliance requirements.
Still, we find it’s sometimes challenging to quickly explain the power and convenience of our managed file transfer software, so we’re excited to introduce some brand new videos to showcase the flexibility and control GoAnywhere clients have.
GoAnywhere’s suite of secure file transfer solutions helps you manage all of your organization’s inbound and outbound file transfers — both internally as well as with external trading partners.
With support for virtually any platform and protocol, including FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP/S, AS2, SMTP and ZIP, GoAnywhere puts local control of the entire process into one intuitive dashboard. GoAnywhere eliminates the need for custom scripts, generates detailed audit logs, and provides a rich catalog of features for comprehensive management, all without additional hardware or specialized skills.
If you’d like to test drive a free trial, let us know. We’d also love to hear what you think of our videos!