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Secure Managed File Transfer: Selecting a Vendor

Posted by Luke Probasco on Apr 9, 2012 1:23:00 PM

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Your CIO told you that you need to meet compliance regulations around data in motion on your IBM i (AS/400).  It’s not just a good idea, but customers and trading partners are starting to demand it.  So what do you look for when selecting which Managed File Transfer vendor to trust your sensitive data to?  What separates one solution from another?  I recently sat down with Patrick Townsend, Founder & CEO, to discuss what to look for when selecting a Managed File Transfer vendor.  Here is what he had to say:

There are some common business issues that I would look at when selecting a Managed File Transfer product. First, look at the providence of the vendor you are buying from. Have they been around for a substantial amount of time? Are they committed to security? If security is not their core mission, it’s very likely that they are NOT going to get it right, and a Managed File Transfer solution really has to get security right.

I think that looking for solutions that are committed to independent certification of their products is paramount. For example, our commercial PGP product, which in partnership with Symantec, has been through multiple certifications. As a company, we have been through NIST certifications many times. We have a FIPS 140-2 certified encryption key manager as well. If I were looking for a Managed File Transfer solution, I would really want the confidence of knowing that the vendor knows security, is committed to security, and is comfortable with putting their product out there for independent review. That is how I would look at this from a business point of view.

Managed File Transfer and security in general is about building confidence so that your company can move forward, start new initiatives and build confidence with new customers and trading partners. You want to be sure you are deploying a solution from an established security company committed to NIST standards. Looking at a vendor or a solution, I would look deeper than the feature set of the particular Managed File Transfer product and ask myself, am I comfortable with this companies’ security posture and their mission, and do their actions really support what they say is their mission.

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Topics: Alliance FTP Manager, Managed File Transfer, Secure Managed File Transfer, FTP Manager for IBM i, Podcast

Meeting Compliance Regulations with Secure Managed File Transfer

Posted by Luke Probasco on Mar 29, 2012 9:46:00 AM

managed file transfer complianceIn today’s environment, most organizations fall under multiple compliance regulations. If you are taking credit cards, you need to meet PCI data security standards. If you are in the health care industry, you have HIPAA and HITECH to work on. If you are in the banking industry or any financial segment, you have the Graham Leech Bliley Act (GLBA) and FFIEC requirements to meet. All of us have to deal with state and federal privacy regulations about protecting data.

A secure Managed File Transfer solution with NIST validated PGP encryption can help meet compliance regulations for securing data in motion.

Compliance regulations come full bore on all of us - whether you are in the business, Federal, or non-profit world. PCI DSS and a number of other regulations require encryption of data in motion. Townsend Security has partnered with Symantec to offer the only commercial and fully supported version of PGP encryption on the IBM i (AS/400).

Maintaining proper audit trails is also a very clearly defined requirement of compliance regulations. I think as we see compliance regulations evolve, making sure that your Managed File Transfer solution is based on well accepted standards is very important. For example, the commercial version of PGP encryption that we offer has been through multiple certifications with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). We have seen fines given to companies using non-standard implementations, so having those certifications and having the confidence that you’re using a solution that provably meets industry standard is really important.

Compliance regulations are still evolving and we continue to see new regulations being brought forward. For example there is a new federal data privacy regulation coming through Congress. There is also a clear evolution of compliance regulations requiring solutions to meet defined industry standards (such as NIST). I know our certifications give our customers confidence that they are meeting compliance regulations and that they are using the right kind of encryption.

Townsend Security’s FTP Manager has been helping IBM i (AS/400) users meet compliance regulations by securing and automating their data in motion to trading partners, customers, employees, and internal systems. Download our podcast “Secure Managed File Transfer on the IBM i – An Introduction” for more information on how we can help your organization save time and money by securely automating your file transfers.


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Topics: Alliance FTP Manager, IBM i, Secure Managed File Transfer, FTP Manager for IBM i, Podcast

Secure Managed File Transfer: Meeting Business Needs

Posted by Luke Probasco on Mar 14, 2012 9:48:00 AM

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Managed File Transfer is an easy way to meet business requirements and comply with data privacy regulations.  With a solution like Alliance FTP Manager, businesses can meet compliance regulations by securely transmitting files from their IBM i (AS/400) to their trading partners and customers. Additionally, a Managed File Transfer solution can help your organization save time and money by automating processes that traditionally have eaten into IT manpower. I recently sat down with Founder & CEO Patrick Townsend to discuss how Managed File Transfer can help businesses assure their customers and partners that their sensitive data is secure and in compliance with data privacy requirements such as PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FFIEC and other regulations.

Can you walk us through a typical business problem that Managed File Transfer Solves?

If you’re a mid-sized or large company, security is absolutely crucial in today’s environment. We all hear over and over again about data losses by large companies and the damage that causes to both the business and the reputation of those companies. Business executives around the world are trying to protect their data, their customer data, and supplier information so they can have the confidence to go forward with their business plans. A managed file transfer solution provides a start-to-finish mechanism for securing data in motion.

If you are using a Managed File Transfer solution like our Alliance FTP Manager, you can have the confidence that you are doing things right, that you are meeting best practices in the industry and that you are less likely to  wake up one day and find yourself in a headline in the New York Times about some large data loss.

Can you explain how a Managed File Transfer works?

Managed File Transfer solutions, like our Alliance FTP Manager, need to meet a number of core requirements. Obviously, they need to protect data in motion and we use SSL session encryption and PGP encryption, which are the industry standards. Automation is also very important. Most of our customers are transferring multiple files everyday to banks, trading partners and suppliers. You don’t want to burn resources by having someone manually transfer files any time it needs to be done.

Additionally, policy driven configuration and reporting by exception are extremely important. Some of our customers are sending tens of thousands of files every day to their trading partners, which can be a lot to manage. You need to be sure that you can manage by exception if there is a problem.

Finally, a Managed File Transfer Solution not only automatically picks up and transfer files, but provides additional controls to make the process efficient - not only from a human resource point of view, but also from a cost point of view. You don’t want to be spending valuable human resources, picking up files and processing them. This should all be an automatic process and that is really the core idea behind Managed File Transfer – automation and security. 

Download our podcast “Secure Managed File Transfer on the IBM i – An Introduction” for more information on how we can help your organization save time and money by securely automating your file transfers.

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Topics: Alliance FTP Manager, Managed File Transfer, IBM i, Secure Managed File Transfer, FTP Manager for IBM i, Podcast

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