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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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Customer review; ICE Services

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ICE Services AB is a world-class supplier of business process outsourcing services for Rights Management companies. Based in Bromma Sweden, ICE Services AB took advantage of the GoAnywhere API for file upload and download integration with their music-documentation database, which is used to maintain and house ownership information for all musical works used throughout Europe.

Linoma spoke with GoAnywhere customer Mats Lidstrom, IT chief architect at ICE Services AB, while attending the 2014 COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition.

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Q: How has GoAnywhere benefitted your organization?

A: We use the tool not to athutomate everything. It’s not the tool itself that automate[s] the processes for us, but we have our application where we have the processes running and it uses the GoAnywhere tool through the API interfaces.So we easily can maintain the new accounts when we have to add them. And possibly in the future, also let our external parties access the portals to be able to log on to their accounts and drop and drag files to make it easier for them to exchange data we us.

Q: Are you looking to grow your use of GoAnywhere?

A: Additional functionality that exists…we could embrace gradually, so the main functionality to send mails, to scan mailboxes and stuff like that. That I didn’t look at when I selected the tool, but I see that there are more and more things that I can use when we develop things.

We don’t have to invent that. It already exists in GoAnywhere. And we can use them as services through API interfaces and we can then use those functionalities when we need them. So that’s great.

Q: How long did it take to make your first transfer “live” with GoAnywhere?

A: It was very simple to get going and to understand the interface and how to define the projects and everything. How you set up your FTP connections and so forth.

It’s [a] very simple graphical user interface. Made it easy for us to actually…learn it and to use it. The installation took — within a day, we were up running I think.

A great tool that helps us to automate our processes. That’s the most important thing for us.

Q: How long did it take to make your first transfer “live” with GoAnywhere?   

A: Our customers actually have now also started to use GoAnywhere based on our experience and discussions we have had about how they used their old FTP tool and what you could do with the GoAnywhere product.

On the IBM platform it is a perfect fit for the usage we have of it.


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SFTP vs FTPS Best solution for Secure FTP

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With large data breaches taking center stage in the media, many businesses have begun paying close attention to internal practices and taking action to improve internal systems and processes. As a result, an increasing number of businesses (people) who rely on data transfers are looking to move away from standard FTP in favor of a more secure method.

We are often asked about the key differences between SFTP and FTPS. There are potential pros and cons with each method, which is why businesses should weigh the differences carefully to determine what option would serve them best.

Over the years, we have tried explaining SFTP vs FTPS in a variety of ways. Between lists and charts and drawings, we found that most people were easily able to comprehend unique aspects of each transfer protocol when it was presented visually.

Linoma created the following infographic to highlight the positives and negatives of using SFTP vs FTPS.

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4 Benefits of On-Premises Enterprise File sync and sharing

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Benefits of on-premise EFSS

Too many organizations have underestimated the value of mission-critical business documents.  Some employees may take great risks with sensitive or proprietary information and hope that nothing bad happens.

Today, there’s a new way for your entire organization to easily store documents and enjoy secure collaboration with GoDrive by GoAnywhereTM.  What makes GoDrive unique is the underlying technology, which provides powerful security and access management to make sure your data is safe.

Let’s look at the four biggest benefits of the GoDrive Enterprise File Sync and Sharing (EFSS) solution:

Better Protection. Cloud-based file sharing services are limited in their ability to protect your sensitive business documents. As high profile service providers, they are under increased threat of attack by hackers, as seen in recent headlines regarding security concerns and data breaches. In contrast, GoDrive allows you to store your sensitive documents on your server of choice, providing you with local security and management of those documents.

Efficiency and Control. Sending email attachments can be problematic due to file size restrictions or their vulnerability to interception during transmission. The GoDrive EFSS central storage lets you share a document once and continue to make updates, all the while shared users are accessing the most current information.

Convenience. The GoDrive EFSS solution eliminates the need for memory sticks to transport data and the risk associated with using them. Your files can be securely accessed anywhere, anytime with a secure Internet connection and browser.

Easy Sharing. Network drives can be found in nearly every office for sharing files within your department.  However, it’s not so convenient if you want to share files between remote office locations or when working offsite.  EFSS enables you to connect and share simply and easily without boundaries.

GoDrive is built on the proven security features of GoAnywhere ServicesTM.  The intuitive interface is simple for employees and trading partners, and project leaders will appreciate the advanced activity monitoring and email notifications.

Talk to your IT administrator about the security advantages of GoDrive.  FREE full feature trial for evaluation is available.


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GoAnywhere Services v4.0 Launched

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Linoma Software is pleased to announce GoAnywhere™ Services version 4.0 with an overhauled interface and a new GoDrive file system for person-to-person file sharing and synchronization.

New! GoDrive

GoDrive is an on-premise solution that provides Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS) services for your employees and partners. With GoDrive, files and folders can be easily shared between users with advanced collaboration features including file revision tracking, commenting, trash bin, media viewing and synchronization with Windows devices.

Providing on-site file storage and localized control, end-to-end encryption and detailed audit trails, GoDrive is your best alternative to cloud-based file sharing services.

Sharing files with others is a snap with GoDrive. From the provided browser interface, your employees can quickly invite authorized users to work with their shared folders and files. Collaboration features include:

Share

  • Easily drag-n-drop files between the desktop and GoDrive folders
  • Generate automatic email invitations to shared users
  • Enter file comments, as well as review comment history from other users
  • Organize files into user-defined folders and subfolders
  • View thumbnail images of graphics files

Monitor

  • User can monitor shared files via activity streams
  • Receive email notices when shared files are downloaded or modified by others
  • View and recover prior versions of files

Manage

  • Lock files for restricting access
  • Revoke sharing of folders and files when needed
  • Place files into a recycle bin for future recovery
  • Manage shared folder access with granular permissions
  • View history of when files are downloaded, uploaded and modified

For more information, please contact BlueFinch.


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Why you want a centralised MFT solution…

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stock-connection-chaosI regularly visit organisations that are in a state of complete disarray due to an explosion of new file-transfer and software interfaces. This can simply be because the IT Department has attempted to quickly respond to multiple requests and to demands from the business. As a result of these time and resource pressures documentation is often poorly maintained, and sometimes not updated at all. This in turn, hinders and often delays successful upgrades, migrations, and individual changes. Without adequate documentation and governance the current status cannot be accurately determined and this can also have a considerable knock-on effect when making a change e.g. a business-critical connection with a trading partner or system gets overlooked, or fails, causing damage to your relationship and reputation.

Sound familiar? Is this also happening in your organisation?

Fortunately there is a solution available from Linoma software (see www.goanywheremft.com) which ensures that all transfers are centrally managed and controlled, and encrypted in accordance with industry-standard and legal requirements. Linoma GoAnywhere MFT (Managed File Transfer) products can handle multiple protocols such as FTP, SFTP, FTPS, and HTTPS, encrypt files using (Open)PGP, and interface with various applications such as databases and MQ servers. All user and file transfer activity is logged centrally to ensure reliability and regulatory compliance whilst satisfying your auditors. Linoma also provides a dedicated application proxy, which when placed in a DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) , ensures that there are no direct inbound connections to your systems. This enables you to comply with complex regulations such as PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) whilst enhancing security.

BlueFinch (see www.bluefinch.nl) is the authorised supplier of Linoma software solutions Netherlands and Scandinavia and specialises in working with customers and helping them to (re)design and implement MFT solutions by reverse-engineering and reconfiguring existing connections, and creating new ones.

If you would like to learn more about how a centralised MFT solution can save time and reduce your organisation’s costs, please contact via email at info@bluefinch.nl or call +31 (0)88 258-3346.


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Download free Open PGP software

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GoAnywhere OpenPGP Studio™ is a free desktop tool that makes it easy to protect sensitive files using the popular Open PGP encryption standard. Documents can be encrypted, decrypted, signed and verified from your PC or workstation using this intuitive tool.  An integrated key manager allows you to quickly create, import, export and manage Open PGP keys needed to encrypt and decrypt files.

GoAnywhere OpenPGP Studio will run on almost any operating system including Windows®, Linux, Mac OS X®, Solaris and UNIX. You can download and install it to your desktop within just a few minutes.

Why Use GoAnywhere OpenPGP Studio?

You may be required to store or transmit files that contain sensitive information such as personal data, bank account numbers, financial information or health records. If not properly protected, these files could be vulnerable to attacks by hackers and other unauthorized users. By first encrypting those files with Open PGP, you can add a very high level of security to this data and comply with the latest regulations.

About Open PGP Encryption

Conventional encryption methods uses a single key or password to encrypt and decrypt information. This key or password has to be kept secret, otherwise the data could be compromised by an attacker. The main challenge with this approach is determining how to share the key or password with only the intended recipients in a secure manner.

In contrast, Open PGP encryption is a dual-key (asymmetric) encryption system which uses a combination of a public key and private key. The public key is used to encrypt the file while the corresponding private key is used for decryption. The public key can be shared with your partners using traditional email or FTP since the public key is only used for encryption (it cannot decrypt the data).

Open PGP, also known as GPG, is a popular encryption standard that is supported by popular  commercial PGP solutions. GoAnywhere OpenPGP Studio supports a wide variety of encryption  algorithms including AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and TDES  ciphers.

For more information and download please visit: http://www.goanywheremft.com/products/openpgp-studio


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BlueFinch introduces SystemScan AIX

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Advanced diagnostic and reporting tool for IBM AIX configurations

Aalsmeer , November 27, 2013 – BlueFinch, ICT specialist in the field of complex ICT infrastructures that are based on IBM technology, introduces a comprehensive system tool for AIX configuration, diagnostic and reporting. SystemScan AIX enables organizations to carry out a thorough inspection of the installation and configuration of their AIX environment.

The consequences of an improperly installed or configured underlying operating system to work relentlessly through the entire related IT chain. For organizations that are working with highly critical systems , this is a serious matter . System Scan AIX companies can assist . Through in-depth testing the IBM AIX operating system is thoroughly vetted . The results , including a summary of the issues found, through System Scan AIX presented as an interactive report features help files in the web browser . The AIX System Scan reports are very useful for example auditors , primary support staff or system administrators to understand the status of their AIX systems . Quick and easy access

The regular scanning systems, and the analysis of the results ensures a constant quality of the systems. Moreover, it eliminates unnecessary software and services to the system , so that both safety and performance will improve . In addition, system failure can be prevented by removing as missing patches or inconsistent access rights . Problems in the configuration

” The unique feature of AIX System Scan is that it ‘s pure exposure to the operating system,” said Dries Ekron , Sales Executive Blue Finch. “The software reads only the necessary information and makes absolutely no attempt to read , decipher or bring to the system . Changes to sensitive data The scan is especially clear how the system is built and the potential safety and performance issues are at play . With the help of only a simple command , the entire system configuration checked by means of more than five hundred individual tests. And that within the foreseeable future . ”

” System Scan AIX provides many standard configuration knowledge which can be output to the specific needs of the customer . Tuned In addition, the specialists of Blue Finch add custom controls and found attention and improvement translate into concrete solutions . We work closely with AIX professionals and users of the software to adapt to the latest demands and technological developments ” , the solution continuously says Dries .

AIX System Scan is designed to work with IBM AIX version 5.3 to 7.1 . There will also be in the foreseeable future a version of RedHat and Fedora Linux .

For more information or a free trial please visit the website: www.systemscanaix.com 

For additional information, please contact:

BlueFinch B.V.
Ekron Dries, Sales Executive
T : +31 (0)88 258-3346
E : ekron.dries@bluefinch.nl


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Veilig en efficiënt bestanden uitwisselen

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Linoma Software is ontwikkelaar van managed file transfer- en encryptie-oplossingen. Deze oplossingen worden op de eerste plaats gebruikt om gevoelige data te beschermen, maar tevens om te voldoen aan data security-reguleringen zoals PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, SOX en GLBA. De oplossingen van Linoma Software draaien op verschillende platformen, waaronder Microsoft Windows, Linux, UNIX, IBM i (OS/400), IBM AIX, Solaris, HP-UX en Mac OS X. Linoma Software wordt internationaal voornamelijk gebruikt in het MKB, bij grote conglomeraties en overheidsorganisaties. Ekron Dries, Sales Director bij BlueFinch, ziet dan ook een aanzienlijk potentieel voor Linoma-producten in de Nederlandse markt. “Businessprofessionals vertrouwen sterk op technologie voor uiteenlopende communicatietaken. Daaronder valt ook het delen van gegevens met interne en externe partijen”, zegt Dries. “Met het toegenomen gemak en de snelheid die deze technologieën bieden, ontstaan er grotere beveiligingsrisico’s, zoals het beveiligen van gevoelige gegevens voor hackers. Doordat we de oplossingen van Linoma Software nu kunnen delen met onze klanten, kunnen wij hen nu nog beter helpen bij het effectiever beschermen van hun gegevens.”

GoAnywhere is een een Managed File Transfer (MFT)-oplossing waarmee organisaties de uitwisseling van gegevens met hun handelspartners, klanten, medewerkers en interne systemen kunnen beveiligen en automatiseren. GoAnywhere bestaat uit drie producten: GoAnywhere Director, GoAnywhere Services en GoAnywhere Gateway.

GoAnywhere Director GoAnywhere Director stroomlijnt en beheert het verplaatsen van gegevens door middel van een innovatieve, gecentraliseerde aanpak. Het zorgt ervoor dat organisaties kunnen aansluiten op bijna elk systeem (intern of extern) en veilig en eenvoudig gegevens uit kunnen wisselen met behulp van een breed scala van standaard file transferprotocollen, zoals FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTP, HTTPS, AS2, SMB, MQ en SMTP. GoAnywhere Director kan daarnaast ook files encrypten en samenvoegen door het gebruik van populaire Open PGP-encryptie en GPG-, ZIP-, GZIP- en TAR-normen.

GoAnywhere Services GoAnywhere Services is een beveiligde FTP-server – en optionele webserver – die het mogelijk maakt voor handelspartners en werknemers om veilig verbinding te maken met de organisatie en gemakkelijk bestanden te downloaden of uploaden. GoAnywhere Services voorziet populaire file transfer serverprotocollen (FTP, FTPS, SFTP en HTTPS) van een intuïtieve browser-gebaseerde interface. Uitgebreide beveiligingsfuncties en audit trails worden met GoAnywhere Services verbeterd om te kunnen voldoen aan de strenge beveiligingswetgeving en de naleving van PCI DSS-, HIPAA-, GLBA- en privacywetgevingen. Omdat het wordt geïnstalleerd in de bestaande IT-infrastructuur van de organisatie, houdt de interne IT-afdeling controle over handelspartner-accounts, machtigingen en gegevensbestanden.

“Onze klanten zijn erg blij met GoAnywhere Director en GoAnywhere Services”, zegt Pick. “Ze staan er versteld van hoeveel tijd ze kunnen besparen. Daarnaast zijn ze razend enthousiast over de event triggers, foutmeldingen en e-mail alerts waarmee ze extra verificatiestappen kunnen elimineren om te zien of iets wel of niet is afgeleverd of ontvangen.” GoAnywhere Services biedt nu een optionele Secure Mail-module waarmee geautoriseerde gebruikers e-mail met bijlagen – ongeacht het aantal, het type of de grootte – via een gecodeerde link via HTTPS kunnen versturen. Dries: “De toevoeging van Secure Mail voor ad-hoc-file transfers betekent dat het IT-personeel zich geen zorgen hoeft te maken over wie wat met die PC-tool op hun desktops verstuurt. Ze hebben de controle terug en kunnen ad-hoc filetransfers verzorgen. Een ander voordeel van GoAnywhere Director en GoAnywhere Services is de FIPS 140-2-certificatie. Dit is essentieel voor organisaties die data willen uitwisselen met overheidsinstanties.”

GoAnywhere Gateway Het derde onderdeel van de GoAnywhere-oplossing is GoAnywhere Gateway, een beveiligde ‘reverse proxy server’ waarmee een organisatie het delen van bestanden en documenten veilig binnen het eigen netwerk houdt en uit de kwetsbare openbare ruimte van het interne netwerk; veelal DMZ genoemd. Gateway-gebruikers kunnen gegevens uitwisselen zonder hierbij inkomende poorten te openen. Dit dankzij het routeren van aanvragen via de centrale Gateway-server die de identiteit en de locaties van de interne systemen maskeert.

Crypto Complete BlueFinch werkt met veel klanten die gebruik maken van het IBM Power Systems-platform waarbij data-encryptie veelal een topprioriteit is. Daarom kijkt BlueFinch bij ieder nieuw project welke productcomponenten en services de grootste technische en economische voordelen voor de klant opleveren. Naast de GoAnywhere-suite voert BlueFinch ook Linoma’s Crypto Complete. Crypto Complete is gebouwd voor IBM i-omgevingen en biedt field-level database-encryptie, tokenization en een key managementtool voor IBM i-servers. Crypto Complete kan onder meer onversleutelde gevoelige databasevelden en verborgen data vinden. Ron Byrd is senior developer bij Linoma Software voor Crypto Complete. Hij zegt: “Klanten zijn altijd verbaasd over hoe snel ze aan de slag kunnen met Crypto Complete en ze lijken te beseffen hoe grondig onze documentatie is. Klanten vertellen ons vaak dat ze vergeten dat Crypto er is, want het sluit naadloos aan op de infrastructuur van hun organisatie.”

BlueFinch is erg tevreden over het partnerschap met Linoma Software en de mogelijkheid om nieuwe producten onder de aandacht te brengen bij een groter publiek. Dat geldt ook voor Linoma Software. “We kijken uit naar de ondersteuning van BlueFinch als ze onze producten naar hun markt brengen”,  zegt Pick. “Ik weet dat dit een win-winsituatie zal zijn voor iedereen.”

Neem voor meer informatie contact op met Ekron Dries of bezoek de website: www.goanywheremft.com


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Safestone biedt Compliance Center for Linux

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Safestone Technologies, wereldleider op het gebied van compliance- en beveiligingssoftware voor IBM Power Systems, introduceert Compliance Center voor Linux. Als partner van Safestone in de Benelux zorgt ICT-specialist BlueFinch voor een zorgeloze implementatie van de Compliance Center-oplossingen. Safestone is de enige aanbieder van een multiplatform oplossing voor compliancy en beveiliging voor de IBM Power Systems.

De Compliance Center-oplossing  werd onlangs al gelanceerd voor het IBM AIX operating systeem. De toevoeging van de compliance- en beveiligingssoftware voor Linux maakt Safestone’s multiplatform oplossing compleet. Met oplossingen voor alle IBM Power Systems operating systemen: IBM i, AIX en nu dus ook Linux.

Automatisering van het auditproces
Nu meer dan ooit, worden organisaties geconfronteerd met dalende budgetten en een krimpend personeelsbestand, terwijl compliance-regelingen en de vraag naar overzichtelijke auditrapportages constant blijven bestaan. Maatregelen op het gebied van kostenefficiëntie en tijdbesparing zijn essentieel, maar gaan vaak ten koste van veiligheid.

“Het management eist dat er een snelle, betrouwbare en kostenefficiënte methode wordt gebruikt,  terwijl het beveiligingsbeleid van de organisatie gehandhaafd blijft. Compliance Center for IBM Power Systems is een ongeëvenaarde oplossing om het auditproces te automatiseren. Met deze methode kunnen organisaties aantonen dat zij voldoen aan de algemene of branchespecifieke wet- en regelgeving”, aldus Ekron Dries, Sales Executive van BlueFinch.

Multiplatform voor IBM Power Systems
“Door nu ook voor Linux een versie van Compliance Center aan te kunnen bieden, is ons aanbod voor de Power Systems compleet. Het is een belangrijke stap in onze strategie voor het automatiseren van audit- en compliance-rapportages voor IBM Power Systems en andere gevirtualiseerde omgevingen”, zegt Alia Ali, Chief Executive Officer bij Safestone. “Onze klanten eisen volledige transparantie van hun Power Systems. Ze moeten vanuit ieder oogpunt beoordeeld kunnen worden op naleving en veiligheidsrisico’s.”

Voordelen van Compliance Center:

  • Safestone’s Compliance Center for Linux is een krachtige en flexibele querygebaseerde softwareoplossing die de audit-, compliance- en beveiligingsgegevens van systemen omzet in overzichtelijke auditrapportages.
  • De gebruikersvriendelijke interface kan worden bediend door beheerders, managers, auditors en vrijwel iedereen binnen een organisatie die belast is met beveiligingsbeheer en naleving van de benodigde rapportages.
  • Items als netwerktoegang (FTP, ODBC, SQL, etc.) kunnen eenvoudig gecontroleerd en gemonitord worden; hetzelfde geldt voor  gebruikersprofielen, machtigingen voor bestanden en nog veel meer.
  • Rapportage-automatisering: het is mogelijk om de rapportages van alle systemen en partities te plannen vanuit een enkele gebruikersinterface.

Compliance Center op maat
Met behulp van de ‘Quickscan’ brengt BlueFinch voor organisaties in kaart wat de mogelijkheden zijn van Safestone’s Compliance Center-oplossingen, met de bijbehorende voordelen en investeringen. Hierdoor krijgen organisaties inzicht in de best passende oplossing rond beveiliging en wet- en regelgeving.