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Meeting GDPR Requirements with GoAnywhere MFT

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Download: Whitepaper: Meeting GDPR Requirements with GoAnywhere MFT (540 downloads)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation approved by the European Parliament. It applies to all organisations that handle and process EU citizens’ data, regardless of whether they’re located in the European Union or not. Failure to meet GDPR requirements can result in huge penalties: 4% of annual global turnover (revenue) or €20 million, whichever is greater.

The GDPR was created to replace the Data Protection Directive, which has been used in the EU for over 20 years. There are several key changes, also known as rights, introduced to the GDPR that organisations must address; thinking about them now is critical to successful compliance. For some companies, GDPR rights may require excessive work and planning if the requested processes aren’t already implemented.

GoAnywhere MFT is a managed file transfer solution that runs on any system. It can help you meet GDPR compliance standards, while saving you time and money in other business areas. It can also eliminate the custom programming and scripting normally required to transfer data and improve the security and quality of those transfers.


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New GoAnywhere Release Automates and Secures File Transfers in Cloud and Private Networks

The release of GoAnywhere managed file transfer (MFT) solution version 5.5 allows organizations to deploy MFT agents across the enterprise to automate, secure and audit all of their file transfers from a single, centralized location. This new innovation adds to an already extensive suite of security and automation features including encryption at rest and in transit, batch and ad-hoc file transfer, peer-to-peer file collaboration, and more.

With this new version, customers can easily install MFT agents on almost any server or workstation where file transfers need to be performed including Windows, Linux, UNIX, IBM i and Mac OS systems. These systems can reside on premise or in cloud infrastructure such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) or Microsoft Azure. This allows for organizations with complex and ever-changing environments to greatly reduce the manual repeatable work associated with the complexity allowing IT professionals to focus on more strategic initiatives.

The MFT agents are managed by a central deployment of GoAnywhere, where customers can easily configure and schedule agent file transfers right from their browser. This new version of GoAnywhere not only transfers all files securely, but also gathers key information about the transfers for simple, consolidated auditing and reporting. This unique approach provides visibility of all file transfers within the organization.

“The use cases for MFT agents are really endless,” said Bob Luebbe, President and Chief Architect at Linoma Software. “Whether it’s a franchise needing to synchronize files with its store locations, or a healthcare system needing to move PHI data between its data center and satellite clinics, the deployment of MFT agents will greatly simplify those processes.”

MFT agent Features and At-a-Glance

– Automates and secures file transfers within a centrally managed environment
– Monitors agent systems for new or modified files
– Schedules file transfers on agent systems to run at future dates/times
– Provides additional workflow capabilities
– Sends automatic alerts via e-mail or text messages if file transfers fail on agents
– Feeds audit data to the central GoAnywhere MFT solution for reporting

“Our customers are really excited about MFT agents,” said Steve Luebbe. “Many organizations have files spread across a diverse network of in-house servers and cloud infrastructure running a variety of operating systems. Automating the movement of files between these environments has traditionally been very difficult to set up and maintain. MFT agents solve this problem with a simple installation and configuration process, saving organizations significant time and money.”

About GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer

GoAnywhere® MFT is a managed file transfer and secure FTP solution that will streamline and automate file transfers with trading partners, customers, employees and internal servers. Enterprise level controls and detailed audit logs are provided for meeting strict security policies and compliance requirements including PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, SOX, GLBA and state privacy laws.

GoAnywhere can be installed on most platforms including Windows®, Linux®, IBM® i (iSeries®), UNIX®, AIX®, and Solaris®. It supports popular protocols and modern encryption standards including FTPS, SFTP, HTTPS, OpenPGP, AES and Drummond Certified AS2. GoAnywhere features the GoDrive on premise file sharing and collaboration alternative to cloud-based services, and Secure Mail module for ad-hoc file transfers.

For more information please contact Ekron Dries:

088-2583346 or ekron.dries@bluefinch.com

 

Source article: http://www.marketwired.com


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What is AS2?

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Applicability Statement 2 (AS2) is a popular file transfer protocol that allows businesses to exchange data with their trading partners.

AS2 combines the use of several secure and widely used technologies including HTTPS, SSL Certificates, S/MIME, and file hashing. By utilizing the strengths of each of them, AS2 has become the preferred protocol in many organizations for exchanging sensitive EDI files.

AS2 messages can be compressed, signed, encrypted and sent over an SSL tunnel making the file transfers very secure. And receipts can be sent back to the sender ensuring the messages were delivered successfully. The receipts can be digitally signed and will contain a checksum value that the sender will use to verify the message received is identical to what was sent.

Message Encryption – By using the recipient’s public certificate, the AS2 message contents can be encrypted to keep the data secure. Only the recipient will be able to decrypt the contents using their private certificate.

Digital Signatures – The message can be signed using the sender’s private certificate which allows the recipient to verify the authenticity of the sender. The receipt that is sent back to the sender can also be signed to ensure the identity of the recipient’s system. These digital signatures are used for message integrity and non-repudiation of origin. They are typically used in addition to authentication using a user name, password, and/or certificate.

Compression – In order to improve transmission time, compression can be added to decrease the size of the message.

Receipt – The Message Disposition Notification (MDN, which is commonly referred to as a receipt) plays an important role in AS2 as it acknowledges that the recipient received the message. It can also be used to verify the identity of the recipient when the receipt is signed. Receipts that are sent back immediately over the same connection are referred to as a synchronous MDN. Receipts can also be sent back at a later time in asynchronous mode. This allows the recipient to process and verify the data before sending back a status to indicate if the transaction was successful.

Message Integrity Check – The recipient will calculate a checksum of the message using MD5, SHA1, or a SHA2 hashing algorithm. This value is referred to as the MIC and is shared with the sender by placing it in the receipt. The sender will calculate a checksum as well using the same algorithm. These two values are then compared to guarantee that the message sent is identical to the message that was received.

Non-repudiation of Receipt –The use of signatures on the message and receipt creates a Non-Repudiation of Receipt (NRR) event, which is considered legal proof of delivery.

Both organizations will need an AS2 solution in order to exchange data. Due to the complex nature of the AS2 protocol with encryption, signatures, and receipts; it is possible that there can be compatibility issues between two separate products. Fortunately, Drummond Group has a rigorous program that validates an AS2 product follows the RFC 4130 standard and is interoperable with other certified products. Using a Drummond Certified solution, and requiring your trading partners do as well, alleviates the challenges of AS2 and allows you to focus on the business aspects of data transfers.

GoAnywhere MFT™ is Drummond Certified™ for AS2 and supports SHA2 algorithms for stronger security, chunked transfer encoding to handle large files, multiple attachments per message, and filename preservation.


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GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer 5.0 Released with Unified Interface and Advanced Reporting

Linoma Software unveils GoAnywhere MFT™ (Managed File Transfer), version 5.0 of its GoAnywhere secure file transfer software. The upgrade combines the workflow automation capabilities of Linoma’s popular GoAnywhere Director solution with secure file transfer protocol (FTP) features from GoAnywhere Services into a single product. In addition, the merged product adds numerous significant enhancements.

GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer 5.0 Unified Interface DashboardGoAnywhere MFT 5.0 introduces a brand new and customisable browser-based dashboard with more than 20 gadgets providing statistics, graphs, and details of file transfer activity and critical system information. Each administrator has their own personal dashboard, and can arrange informative gadgets to quickly monitor the activity most important to them.

The upgrade delivers advanced Reporting features that include various PDF reports that cover system information and file-transfer activity with details and graphs.  A Security Settings Audit report will analyse a GoAnywhere MFT server’s security settings to determine compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) requirements. The report also suggests actions needed to remedy the settings that are non-compliant.

GoAnywhere continues to provide individual audit logs for job activity, triggers, and file transfers (SFTP and FTP/s, HTTP/s, AS2). The product’s new version improves logging by sending the individual log events to a global index for faster, system-wide search results.  The new Global Search can be used to quickly find events for a particular file name, a specific user name or a wide variety of ‘Google’ like search criteria.

Licensing for GoAnywhere MFT has been revamped allowing Linoma to offer a completely free FTP server, including functions to automate FTP transfers. Every edition of GoAnywhere MFT also includes 10 free user accounts for GoDrive, the on-premise enterprise file synchronisation and sharing solution.

GoAnywhere MFT now features the ability to use Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) servers as Resources and Tasks to integrate antivirus and DLP (data loss prevention) solutions in your workflows. Customers can scan files for sensitive data and viruses to stop harmful file transfers before they are sent.

Existing customers of GoAnywhere can upgrade to this latest version. To download the software or learn more about the enhancements and features of GoAnywhere MFT 5.0, please contact BlueFinch.


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Report “Select and Implement a Managed File Transfer Solution”

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Info-Tech Research Group, an IT research and analysis company, has released a report naming Linoma Software's GoAnywhere managed file transfer (MFT) solution as having the highest Value Score of the MFT vendor group in Server-to-Server and Ad Hoc Enterprise use cases.

Info-Tech Research Group defines a Value Score as an index of 'each vendor's product offering and business strength relative to its price point. Vendors that score high offer more bang-for-the-buck (e.g., features, usability, stability) than the average vendor, while the inverse is true for those that score lower.'

Info-Tech Research Group released the findings in its report entitled, 'Select and Implement a Managed File Transfer Solution,' which lays out numerous criteria for designating MFT products and evaluating products in that market niche.

In particular, the report makes the point that 'FTP is no longer a viable option' for enterprises with high-volume data transfer needs because of such challenges as difficult installation processes, no file delivery guarantee, limited storage-management options, user-training problems, increased risk, limited visibility, and lack of encryption.

Info-Tech Research Group evaluated different MFT software solutions for such attributes as speed, volume (capacity), security/encryption, and compliance with industry standards and governmental mandates. GoAnywhere received the only 100 out of 100 possible points awarded for Server-to-Server and Ad Hoc Enterprise in Info-Tech Research Group's Managed File Transfer Vendor Landscape.

Info-Tech Research Group's Vendor Landscape reports recognise outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace. Assessing vendors by the strength of their offering and their strategy for the enterprise, Info-Tech Research Group's Vendor Landscapes pay tribute to the contribution of exceptional vendors in a particular category.

According to the report, 'With enterprise-level controls and rigorous audit logs, GoAnywhere ensures strict security policies and compliance regulations are met, regardless of industry. The product is FIPS 140-2 certified and is compliant with PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, SOX, and GLBA. Its ability to connect and interface with multiple technologies provides a versatile solution in disparate environments. GoAnywhere's reverse proxy restricts which ports are open on your internal network. This is useful for all high security and regulatory environments.'

 


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