No Such Thing as a Free File Transfer, Part III: Are Your File Transfers Holding Back Business Growth?

One of the most common reasons businesses have for not optimizing processes or implementing modern software solutions is simply that “we’ve always done it this way.” We get it—sure, your file transfer process is a little time-consuming and your FTP tool doesn’t have the most up-to-date security features, but your business is doing fine. Why spend the time and money to implement a new solution?

GoAnywhere MFT ROIHere’s why: scalability. A robust managed file transfer solution implemented now is key to business growth—and increased profits—down the road. The third installment of this series on the ROI of managed file transfer solutions focuses on how investing in MFT can help you scale your business. 

Automate Processes

Martin Zwilling writes in Forbes that one of the keys to a scalable startup is to “automate to the max,” as the business will not be able to grow if it is both labor-intensive and staff-intensive. File transfers are often critical to a wide variety of processes in businesses of all sizes, so companies can find themselves adding staff to cover the hours of manual work. This is especially true when you add in tasks like checking for file arrivals or compressing and encrypting files before the transfer. A managed file transfer solution can handle these multi-step workflows automatically, so increasing your volume of file transfers won’t require hours of additional labor or more employees. 

Adoption of managed file transfer is increasing every year. That means that others in your industry have chosen to move beyond basic FTP tools. Given the pace of modern business, it will become increasingly difficult to maintain a competitive edge without automating your file transfer processes.

Anticipate Changes

A growing company often not only faces more hours of work, but new requirements. As you add trading partners, you may need to use a variety of transfer methods. It’s worth the investment to implement an MFT solution that can handle multiple protocols and encryption methods rather than trying to juggle several tools.

Do you have industry regulations to comply with? The work involved in staying compliant and keeping adequate records for an auditor will only grow as your business grows. Get a managed file transfer tool that automatically keeps a detailed audit log to simplify compliance. This will also help if you face new regulations in the future. 

IT environments tend to become more complex over time as disparate applications are added to critical processes. In the case of acquisitions or mergers, you may find yourself with multiple applications for the same purpose. Your managed file transfer software should provide commands and APIs for interfacing with your applications.

When confronted with new business requirements, too many organizations turn to custom scripting. If you have talented programmers at your disposal, scripts may seem like the obvious solution, but they are risky for your business, especially as you grow. Maintaining and updating the scripts whenever your requirements change is time-consuming, risky and expensive. If the programmer writing the scripts leaves your organization, you may not have anyone who understands how all of your sprawling scripts work. And if something fails, there’s no helpline to save your business from costly downtime.

Balance Your Workload and Avoid Disaster

Clustering multiple installations of your managed file transfer solution provides a distributed environment for handling file transfer services for the enterprise. This provides two advantages essential to your growing organization. The first is high availability. If one system suffers a network or hardware failure, the remaining systems in the cluster will continue to process file transfers and run workflows—especially important as you have to meet an increasing number of SLAs.

Secondly, clustering allows you to scale the solution horizontally by adding additional systems to the cluster. The workload can be distributed across all systems in order to increase performance.

Implementing MFT software gives you an immediate ROI thanks to time savings, increased reliability, and protection against security risks, but don’t forget to also take into consideration the payoff as your business scales. Ready to give managed file transfer a try? Get the free trial of GoAnywhere.


If you missed the first 2 installments in our series on the ROI of Managed File Transfer, please click the links to read Part 1 or Part 2

No Such Thing as a Free File Transfer, Part 2: Cost-effective Security

With new corporate data breaches in the news seemingly every day, it’s no surprise that security is a top concern for IT professionals. However, file transfers are an area where many companies are still vulnerable. Most file transfers still use FTP, a protocol that comes with inherent risks. It’s especially worrisome that, as TechRepublic points out, FTP is actually becoming more popular again. Other common file transfer solutions, like file sharing apps, come with their own security concerns.

GoAnywhere MFT ROIThis is the second in a series of articles about the ROI of managed file transfer (MFT), the first of which covered time savings. There’s no doubt that data breaches are costly. The 2016 Ponemon Cost of Data Breach Study puts the current cost at $4 million—$158 per record breached. So it’s a no-brainer that a solution to secure your file transfers would bring you a great return on investment.

And yet, when you try to get internal approval for products to help with security, proving the ROI can be difficult. A good security tool is by nature preventative. If you haven’t suffered a breach (or you have and don’t know about it yet), you probably don’t have a way to precisely calculate cost-savings.

Still, your data certainly has value, and you know you have to keep it secure. So how do you know you are protecting your file transfers with the solution that gives you the most bang for your buck? By making sure the software you choose addresses all of the top file transfer security concerns within one solution—no additional purchases or custom scripting required.

A Variety of Secure Protocols

FTP has been proven vulnerable to hacking. For example, 7,000 FTP sites, including an FTP server run by The New York Times, had their credentials circulated in underground forums in 2014. In some cases, hackers used the credentials to upload malicious files.

It’s essential for modern enterprises to turn to more modern and secure file transfer methods, such as:

  • AS2: AS2 generates an "envelope" for the data, allowing it to be sent using digital certifications and encryption.
  • SFTP and FTPS: These secure FTP protocols bring down the risk during data exchange by using a secure channel between computer systems
  • HTTPS: The secure version of HTTP, HTTPS encrypts communications between browser and website.

Which of these methods your company implements may depend on several factors, like your industry compliance requirements or what your trading partners use. Your requirements may also change over time. That’s why the best investment is a versatile managed file transfer solution that can handle any of these protocols and more.   

GoAnywhere MFT ROIProtection against People

When you imagine the security threat to your company, you might conjure up images of hackers working tirelessly to access your systems and use your data for nefarious purposes. The truth is, one of your biggest threats is probably in the office down the hall.

A 2015 study found that internal actors were responsible for 43% of data loss. Half of this is intentional—disgruntled or opportunistic employees, contractors, or suppliers performing deliberate acts of data theft. But half of it is accidental. People like to cut corners, and probably most employees in your company aren’t as concerned about security as you are.

Any file transfer solution with a good ROI has to address the threat coming from within the business.  You want to have role-based security options that limit each user to the servers and the functions of managed file transfer that they absolutely need to use. Detailed audit logs mean you always know who is doing what with the solution.

Ensure Compliance

In many industries, inadequate security practices don’t just put your own corporate data at risk, they can endanger highly sensitive information like credit card numbers and health records. For this reason, a number of regulations exist to protect personal data. A few of the most common are PCI DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley, and HIPAA, but your industry may have others.

A 2011 study found that while the cost of compliance averaged more than $3.5 million, the estimated cost of failing to comply was $9.4 million, showing that a solution that can help you comply with regulations has a clear ROI. In the case of file transfers, your MFT platform should have a number of encryption methods available to protect sensitive data including SSL, SSH, AES, and Open PGP encryption. Audit trails should also be in place to track file transfer activity so you can easily determine what files are being sent, what time they are sent, and who the sender and receiver are.

Modernization and Scalability

Once you go to the effort of choosing a file transfer solution that will protect your company, convince management of its necessity, and implement the software, the last thing you want to have to do is  change it two years down the road because your company is bigger, has more compliance requirements, or new trading partners.

A managed file transfer platform from an established, reliable software provider will make sure you stay updated with the features necessary to combat current security threats. Furthermore, if your volume of file transfers increases, you won’t need to invest in a new tool to handle the workload.

Bonus: Increased Productivity

If your managed file transfer solution can prevent a data breach, that alone makes it worth the investment. But what if it could increase productivity and reduce errors at the same time? The automation capabilities of managed file transfer software allow you to make a high-volume of file transfers without the need for tedious manual work. Streamlining this process—and eliminating the risk of human error—add to your organization’s bottom line.

Read more about safeguarding company data and limiting risk, or get started with a free trial of managed file transfer.

No Such Thing as a Free File Transfer, Part I: How MFT Saves Time

How MFT Saves Time - GoAnywhere MFTEvery business engages in some kind of information exchange, whether it’s a small retailer attaching an invoice to an email or a hospital sending hundreds of patient records between departments. Some methods of exchanging files, like a basic FTP server or a file sharing app, seem like an inexpensive way to deal with your transfers. In the long run, however, the shortfalls of these tools will likely cost your company significantly more than the investment in a sophisticated managed file transfer (MFT) solution.

A study by the Aberdeen Group found that every file sent “for free” actually has an 80% chance of costing your organization money. In a new series of articles, we’ll break down the reasons why MFT gives your company a better ROI than any other file transfer solution. The first reason we’ll discuss is the time you’ll save with managed file transfer.

We’ve all heard that time is money, and if you’ve ever been the unlucky person manually transferring files by FTP, it’s no stretch of the imagination to think that automated file transfer software would save a bit of time on each exchange. But you probably haven’t even thought of all the ways a rudimentary file transfer tool can waste costly hours. Here are a few:

  1. Dealing with Exceptions

As with any process, your file transfers aren’t always going to go smoothly. While even a basic tool will work most of the time, you’ll inevitably run into the occasional problem which will require you to divert members of your staff away from more important projects to help get the files moving. Aberdeen’s analysis found that those who don’t use MFT have more than twice as many of these errors and exceptions as MFT users. With a single-function file transfer tool, the operator is solely responsible for checking if the transfer succeeded and trying it again if it failed. A good managed file transfer solution has ways of dealing with issues that arise—for example, the software could automatically reconnect and resume the file transfer after a problem occurs with the network.

Moreover, the MFT solution will provide visibility into the status of automated file transfers and let you know if something goes wrong. This allows you to attack the problem immediately and get back to your more strategic initiatives as soon as possible. A basic tool or script may cause you to waste hours just trying to determine what happened to your files.

  1. Upgrades and Modifications

A common solution for moving files is with custom scripts. This seems like an easy option at first. Your company has talented programmers and it’s not too hard to create a homegrown FTP script that gets the job done. The first few times you need a modification or a new feature, that’s not difficult either. But pretty soon your company is transferring thousands of files every day, your homegrown solution is severely lacking in the error-handling, security, and logging capabilities it needs, and updating your mess of sprawling scripts will cost you dearly in expensive programmer hours. Or maybe the original creator of the scripts has left the company and those hours will be spent just trying to figure out how it all works.

Managed file transfer has the features you require as your business needs grow more complex. You can trust that it will continue to be updated when necessary and upgrades won’t require the same technical expertise as creating a homegrown tool does. 

  1. Compliance Requirements and Auditing

Storing and tracking detailed audit information is crucial for staying compliant with PCI DSS, HIPAA, state privacy laws, and other regulations. A managed file transfer solution will store detailed audit records for all file transfer and administrator activity and provide that data in an easily accessible format to authorized users. If you are legally obligated to collect this information, there’s no better time-saver than implementing file transfer software that stores the data automatically.

Furthermore, compliance requirements can always change or new regulations can be put in place. While you may already have a process for complying with current regulations, MFT provides the flexibility to respond to new security requirements without creating too much additional time-consuming work.

  1. Avoiding Downtime.

Just one minute of unplanned system downtime costs a company an average of $5,600. Talk about expensive hours! Make sure your file transfers keep running even if a server goes down by implementing MFT software that integrates clustering. This means you have a group of linked servers running concurrently, with each installation of your MFT tool sharing the same set of configurations and trading partner accounts. The servers in the cluster are in constant communication with each other, so if one fails, the remaining systems in the cluster will continue to service the trading partners. With the fast pace of modern business, you can’t afford to let your transactions wait while you take the time to get your systems functioning again.

Every minute that your business isn’t paying employees to fight fires, write custom scripts, or compile audit reports is a minute that can be put towards the work that helps the bottom line.

Interested in learning more about the ROI of Managed File Transfer? Read the next installment in our series: No Such Thing as a Free File Transfer, Part 2: Cost-effective Security.


Learn more about the risks of inadequate FTP implementations or get started with a free trial of managed file transfer today. 

Linoma Software makes the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. 5000 - Fastest Growing Companies in AmericaFor the fourth consecutive year, Linoma Software, a leader in providing enterprise-class security and managed file transfer solutions, was included in Inc. Magazine’s prestigious annual list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Honored as #16 for Top Nebraska Companies and ranked #3947 for the overall Inc. 5000 list, Linoma Software was one of only three Nebraska-based software companies to be featured in this year’s lineup.

“I’m thrilled that Linoma has made the Inc. 5000 list four years in a row,” said Bob Luebbe, President and Chief Architect of Linoma Software. “To be recognized with some of the most successful companies in the United States is a great honor and we are excited about our continued growth and positive economic impact.”

The Inc. 5000 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. For consideration, companies were qualified based on specific criteria which included being U.S.-based, privately held, founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period.

"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

To view Linoma Software’s full profile and ranking on the Inc. 5000 list, please visit http://www.inc.com/profile/linoma-software?cid=full500016-list-3947. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. 5000 and Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 15,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com

File Transfer Automation Explained

file transfer automation illustrationOrganizations today are challenged with maximizing their resources in a fiercely competitive environment. Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Lost time is never found again.” This is a problem that is familiar to IT departments of all sizes.

Take, for example, an IT staff member who spends countless hours waiting on inbound and outbound transfers. Or there’s the professional who still needs to manually process data — spending time translating it from one file format to another. What’s more, often many valuable hours are spent troubleshooting when a file transfer fails (and the failure isn’t discovered until after a trading partner calls to complain). Yet there is a way your existing staff can shift their focus to higher priority tasks. But how?

The Benefits of File Transfer Automation

File transfer automation is a powerful tool, as it allows IT departments to pivot away from the cumbersome tasks that surround file transfer and instead focus on more strategic and significant projects. Automation reduces human error and increases accuracy; plus, you still get communication about everything that is taking place.

For example, email notifications can be programmed at any point in the automation process to alert key personnel regarding transfer activities. This helps organizations identify failures and successes quickly and adjust accordingly. Other benefits and capabilities include the following:

Scheduling. Built-in scheduling allows for executing workflows at future dates and times. For example, schedule workflows as “one time” or set them up to run at various times — every minute, every hour or every day — or another interval of your preference. The result is fewer interactions and higher efficiency for staff.

File monitoring. Monitor your company’s files with greater accuracy. For example, through automation you can monitor or scan all the files created, modified or deleted within specific folders on your network, SFTP or FTPS servers. Greater visibility is gained with less time invested in manual processes.

Triggers. Set triggers for monitored events, such as file uploads or downloads by a specific partner. After a file is uploaded, perhaps you want it archived to a folder or processed by running a shell script. Setting a trigger allows you to set in motion a sequence of actions prompted by an event. Triggers eliminate the time consuming process of manually completing routine follow-up tasks.

Greater Efficiency for the Future

Organizations need competitive advantages that promote operational efficiency. In some cases, companies have eliminated the need for difficult-to-staff third shift positions or the reduction has happened organically through attrition and they need to maximize their existing resources. Other times, they are growing fast and need innovative tools that streamline time-consuming tasks.

Automation provides these solutions, offloading manually repetitive tasks so your existing team can refocus their talents on more strategic projects.  You can learn more by visiting our file transfer automation page.

Four Modern Alternatives to FTP Explained

Today's data-driven world is demanding, requiring accuracy, speed, integrity and above all -- security. It's a tall order to fill, and in the past, many organizations relied heavily on the legacy FTP protocol to transmit files. But over time, the security of this method has been tested by hackers.

FTP AlternativesFor example, a serious breach occurred at Yale University in 2001, when more than 43,000 user IDs were exposed and all data was carefully harvested from an FTP server. Acer customer details were stolen in a similar fashion the same year. And most recently, 7,000 FTP sites had their credentials circulated in underground forums, including an FTP server run by The New York Times.

Security and file transfers are a significant concern for IT security professionals, but what is the best way to safeguard your company's data?

Leveraging More Secure Options

As many organizations have evolved past traditional FTP, they are opting for modern and secure options for transmitting data, including:

SFTP. Also known as FTP over SSH, SFTP brings down the risk during data exchange by using a secure channel between computer systems to prevent unauthorized disclosures during transactions. Authentication of an SFTP connection involves a user id and password, SSH keys, or using both.  It is also firewall friendly, only needing a single port number to be opened.

HTTPS. Many sites are gravitating to HTTPS instead of the traditional HTTP, but what are the major differences? For starters, traditional HTTP doesn't encrypt traffic to your browser, which poses a security risk. In contrast, HTTPS provides an added encryption layer using Transport Layer Security (TLS). This creates a secure channel so the integrity of the data is not changed without your knowledge. HTTPS is ideally suited for file transfers where a trading partner requires a simple, browser-based interface for uploading data.

AS2. This is a popular method for transporting EDI data safely and reliably over the Internet. The AS2 generates an "envelope" for the data, allowing it to be sent using digital certifications and encryption. For example, Walmart has become well known for using EDI through AS2 and has played an important role in driving adoption in the retail industry.

Managed File Transfer. A method that supports the above options and makes FTP more secure is managed file transfer (MFT). This secure option streamlines the exchange of data between systems, employees and customers. Numerous protocols and encryption standards are supported, and MFT provides extensive security features that meet strict security policies to comply with PCI DSS, HIPAA, GLBA and other regulatory requirements.

MFT solutions provide advanced authentication and data encryption to provide secure and reliable file transfers. You can also track user access and transfer activity through reporting features.

Overall, managed file transfer offers the best option for securely managing the transfer of data quickly, efficiently with detailed audit trails. It's preventive, rather than reactive, which is what security professionals in today's environment need most.  

Custom Online Forms Made Simple and Secure with Latest Linoma Software Product Update

Linoma Software builds on the security and automation capabilities of GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer with the introduction of Secure Forms in the latest release, version 5.3.

Secure Forms

Secure Forms allows administrators to quickly and easily build custom forms, with optional file upload capabilities, that can automatically process submitted data and files. Access to Secure Forms is made available through a secure HTTPS Web Client, which can be configured for access by authorized users and/or anonymous users.

GoAnywhere Secure FormsAny files uploaded through a Secure Form are automatically encrypted at rest, and submissions are logged in GoAnywhere to provide Administrators an end-to-end audit trail. Registered users can save forms as drafts to revisit at a later date, or view their submitted forms at any time.

"As an example, Secure Forms will be used in the upcoming presidential election to collect ballots from military personnel and overseas voters," says Bob Luebbe, president of Linoma. "The voter can go to a web address provided by the state, then choose the county where they have permanent residence and upload their ballot. With the GoAnywhere workflow engine, the ballots will be automatically distributed to the local county commissioners over encrypted connections."

Secure Forms is offered as an optional licensed module for GoAnywhere MFT.  Please visit the Secure Forms page for additional details.

New Tasks and Enhanced Features

GoAnywhere customers updating their current software will notice a number of new tasks and workflow features. Among these enhancements are:

  • A new GoDrive task provides administrators the ability to push files out to GoDrive users and set expiration dates on distributed files.
  • A new Checksum task provides standard MD5, SHA-1, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-384, and SHA-512 hashes to identify files that may have been altered or tampered with.
  • Globally update an administrator's password used in GoAnywhere's Project automation tools.
  • Ability to send detailed structured data to the Syslog server for AS2, FTP, FTPS, GoDrive, GoFast, HTTPS, and SFTP events
  • Additional FileSet sorting and ordering options.

For a complete list of enhancements for GoAnywhere MFT, version 5.3, visit the release notes page.

How Managed File Transfer helped a Healthcare Organization Save Time and Money

For a healthcare group looking to streamline processes and slash costs without compromising on security and functionality, finding a reputable secure file transfer solution was imperative. Nemours, one of the largest integrated pediatric health systems in the United States, was tasked with migrating to a standardized system that would help them work more efficiently while maintaining compliance with health industry regulations such as HIPAA and HITECH.

With over 70 years of providing care and services to more than 300,000 children each year, Nemours relied on writing scripts and manual transfers in their day-to-day operations. While the process served them well in the past, as transfer numbers grew to over 5,000 per month, the team knew it was time to find an alternative that could help them save time and money.

Nemours - GoAnywhere Managed File TransferThe search was on for a file transfer solution…

Because of the sensitive nature of the patient data they often send, data security and safeguarding measures were at the top of the wish list for the Nemours team. Additionally, they required a solution that would provide flexibility and automation capabilities that could further streamline internal processes and workflows. After evaluating a number of solutions on the market, the team chose GoAnywhere MFT for its robust features and affordability.

Surprisingly versatile software

The Nemours team found that their GoAnywhere licenses could be used to manage workflows in multiple departments and as they implemented the software, they realized that they could harness the power of managed file transfer to handle projects that weren't on the original list for MFT.  For example, external clients would remotely connect and drop files via an HTTPS website in the past. Nemours was able to permanently migrate that entire process to GoAnywhere which gave them the added functionality of detailed audit logs and notifications when files were successfully received. Nemours was also able to deploy GoAnywhere to automate a complicated enterprise project that redefined how they processed electronic statement transfers.

Dealing with high volume, encryption and decryption and various data points became nearly effortless with the managed file transfer solution and as a result, projects that used to take several days now take just a few hours. Troubleshooting issues now takes minutes as they have the convenience of detailed job and audit logs to quickly pinpoint problems. By decreasing the amount of time that staffers had to spend on writing scripts, manually transferring files and troubleshooting as they did in the past, Nemours was able to save time and reduce stress on IT staff. Saving time equates to saving money and with GoAnywhere on their side, the team at Nemours can now turn their attention to more strategically significant projects. To learn more, read the case study.

HelpSystems Acquires Linoma Software to Meet Rising Security Demand

HelpSystems logoHelpSystems announced today the acquisition of Linoma Software, whose secure managed file transfer (MFT) and data encryption products have propelled exciting growth. The acquisition broadens the HelpSystems security portfolio with solutions that fit specific needs and run on major operating systems.

Linoma Software is a Nebraska-based firm with more than 3,000 customers around the world. With Linoma's GoAnywhere MFT solution, organizations centralize and secure data exchange with their business partners, customers, and employees--thanks to robust encryption and detailed audit trails. This innovative product allows businesses to better protect confidential file transfers and stay compliant with standards and regulations, including the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Linoma also offers Crypto Complete to protect data at rest within systems with strong AES-256 encryption and key management. This is essential for protecting confidential data including PCI, personally identifiable information (PII), and protected health information (PHI).

Linoma Software was founded by Bob and Christy Luebbe in 1994. Bob will continue to lead Linoma, serving as its Chief Architect and President.

"Growth in our security business is strong and we saw an opportunity to expand our offering with managed file transfer and encryption," said Chris Heim, CEO, HelpSystems. "Linoma provides industry-leading solutions in both of these categories."

"This is an exciting new chapter for Linoma Software," said Luebbe. "HelpSystems knows security well and is dedicated to protecting its customers' information systems. By joining forces we can combine our security expertise and carry a more complete solution to more organizations around the world."

About HelpSystems

HelpSystems empowers IT professionals to excel like never before. Every day more than 9,000 organizations across the globe rely on HelpSystems to automate and simplify system and network management, secure data, and give people simple access to information they need. For critical needs like IT and business process automation, system security, network mapping, document management, and business intelligence, HelpSystems makes IT lives easier and keeps businesses running smoothly. Learn more at www.helpsystems.com. Mike Devine Vice President, Marketing +1 952-563-1696 mike.devine@helpsystems.com

GoAnywhere MFT Earns Drummond Recertification for AS2

Drummond Recertification AS2 1Q16 GoAnywhereMFTLinoma Software is pleased to announce that GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer (MFT) has earned Drummond Recertification for Applicability Statement 2 or AS2 interoperability.

AS2 is a popular security standard that defines how to transfer digital data securely and reliably over the internet using encryption and digital certificates. Some advantages of using AS2 include end-to-end encryption of the actual data files instead of just the transfer channel, non-repudiation verification of sender and recipient authenticity through the use of digital signatures, and validation of original file integrity with successful transfer confirmation.

In order to become Drummond Certified™, companies must submit to rigorous product testing and meet strict requirements that verify compatibility between certified products for specific protocols such as AS2. The Drummond Group provides a controlled, vendor-neutral environment where routine tests are conducted to ensure that certified products meet strict testing protocols and are kept current.

Drummond Recertification for AS2-1Q16

For the first quarter AS2-1Q16 tests, 12 Global companies participated and 16 products were certified or recertified.   "Not all companies are willing to undergo the certification process, it's not easy," said Bob Luebbe, President and Chief Architect at Linoma Software. "We count certification as part of our unwavering commitment to providing one of the highest quality and proven managed file transfer solutions on the market. Being Drummond Certified makes it easy for our customers to verify at-a-glance that our products have been real world tested and are guaranteed to fit into their existing AS2 infrastructure."

In addition to receiving Drummond Recertification for AS2, GoAnywhere MFT also successfully met requirements for AS2 optional tests including multiple attachments (MA), file name preservation (FN), file name preservation for multiple attachments (FN-MA), chunked transfer encoding (CTE), and secure hashing algorithm 2 (SHA-2). To learn more about Applicability Statement 2 or AS2, please visit these links.