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Managed File Transfer on the IBM i – 4 Core Components

Posted by Luke Probasco on Jan 19, 2012 7:57:00 AM

Secure Managed File TransferMeeting compliance regulations on your IBM i for securing data in motion doesn’t need to be difficult.  They all have the same overlying theme – encryption.  PCI DSS requires encryption when transferring files over the internet and WiFi networks.  HIPAA/HITECH says that encryption is the only Safe Harbor from a data breach.  While failing to comply with these regulations can financially impact your organization, the good news is that with just a few core encryption components, you can easily satisfy these requirements.

There are a handful of core components to look for when deciding on a managed file transfer solution for your organization.

  • SSL FTP with 128-bit encryption
  • sFTP with 128-bit encryption
  • PGP file encryption with 2048-bit keys
  • Audit trails

Our Alliance FTP Manager not only contains all of these components, but also enables users to automate their managed file transfers.  Alliance FTP Manager provides several automation functions to help you exchange files without human intervention.  Users can automatically transfer files using Secure Shell sFTP or secure SSL FTP to banks, insurance companies, benefits providers, payment networks, and any other internal or external server.  The transfers are encrypted to meet compliance regulations (such as PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, and privacy notification laws).  Additionally, audit trails and system logs provide the permanent history needed for compliance regulations.

Finally, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is the de facto standard for file encryption before transmission to a trading partner.  Based on open standards and tested by time, PGP has won the trust of governments and private enterprises to protect their sensitive data.

Are you ready to get started?  Download a 30-day evaluation of Alliance FTP Manager, configure it, and send your first encrypted file transfer in about an hour. Sending and receiving encrypted data just doesn't get any easier.

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Topics: Alliance FTP Manager, Managed File Transfer, IBM i