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.

Decision Time for Organizations Facing IBM Sterling Connect:Enterprise End-of-Life

Users of IBM Sterling Connect:Enterprise were notified in January of this year that an end-of-life date had been set for the product.  A 16-month window was set to allow customers time to migrate to a replacement Managed File Transfer product. 

IBM Sterling Connect:Enterprise -End of Road DetourThe April 30, 2016 support deadline is fast approaching and failure to act has the potential for severe consequences. Operating mission-critical file transfer processes on an unsupported product can put operational continuity at risk, and an outright failure could irreparably damage relationships with trading partners.  It is critical for organizations to find an alternative to Connect:Enterprise and develop a migration strategy soon.

Options for Migration

IBM recommends that customers migrate over to another Sterling replacement, however this is not your only Managed File Transfer option.  Consider the following:

  • Be sure to evaluate the true cost of the alternative when factoring in staff and consultant time for migration, maintenance, and training.
  • What is the realistic timeline for this migration, and how do you mitigate risk if support for Connect:Enterprise expires before the project is complete?

To serve your organization's best interests, it's important to perform your due diligence when finding an alternative for Connect:Enterprise. Besides replacing Connect:Enterprise current functions, this is also the ideal opportunity to determine if there are additional enterprise requirements for batch or ad-hoc file transfers.

Linoma is offering GoAnywhere MFT as an enterprise-level managed file transfer alternative to Sterling Connect:Enterprise. GoAnywhere has an affordable price point with no limits on the number of trading partners.  With an intuitive interface and fast learning curve, Connect:Enterprise customers can convert to GoAnywhere in a relatively short period of time.

GoAnywhere offers centralized control over all transfers, including automation of internal and external file movement, and detailed audit logs with extensive reporting capabilities.  Key points of GoAnywhere are:

  • Affordable purchase price and low cost of ownership
  • Simple installation and operation
  • Responsive customer service and frequent updates
  • Industry standard encryption and protocols including SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS, SCP, Open PGP, ZIP with AES and AS2
  • Multi-platform support

GoAnywhere MFT's intuitive browser-based interface and comprehensive workflow features will help eliminate the need for custom programs/scripts, single-function tools and manual processes that were traditionally needed. This innovative solution improves the reliability of your file transfers and helps your organization comply with data security policies and regulations.

With integrated support for clustering, GoAnywhere MFT can process high volumes of file transfers for enterprises by load balancing processes across multiple systems. The clustering technology in GoAnywhere MFT also provides active-active automatic failover for disaster recovery.

In addition to addressing core data transfer requirements, GoAnywhere also simplifies and secures file sharing and collaboration with its GoDrive module.  Unlike consumer-grade cloud sharing tools, GoDrive provides an on-premise alternative with centralized control and end-to-end encryption.  For ad-hoc transfers, the Secure Mail module makes it easy for employees to send sensitive information and attachments without file size or file type restrictions.  Both provide the security and audit logs needed to achieve compliance company-wide.

Connect with the GoAnywhere team and let us help you explore your migration options and file transfer requirements.

On-premise Cloud Storage and Sharing Alternative from Linoma Software

Linoma Software announces GoDrive by GoAnywhere, a secure on-premise Enterprise File Sync and Sharing (EFSS) solution that takes document storage out of the cloud and puts IT administrators back in control. GoDrive secure on-premise enterprise file sync and sharing

With GoDrive, files and folders can be easily shared between authorized employees and partners with advanced collaboration features including file revision tracking, commenting, a trash bin, media viewing and synchronization with Windows devices.

End-to-end encryption protects sensitive files and, since no data is stored in the cloud, your organization maintains local control to meet compliance requirements.  GoDrive combines:

  • Familiar tools like drag-n-drop and image previews, allowing your employees to quickly and easily adopt GoDrive.
  • Detailed audit logs giving management and compliance officers the peace of mind that all activity is well documented.
  • Proven security features of the GoAnywhere Services administrative tools, with the addition of device authorization and remote wipe capabilities.

GoDrive is an affordable solution ideally suited for enterprise customers.  Organizations using traditional private or public cloud services today would likely see a considerable cost savings.

The multi-platform software can be installed using an on-site or hosted server and allows for unlimited scalability of storage.

For more information, or to download a FREE trial, visit the GoDrive page.

What GoAnywhere customers should know about Shellshock

On September 24th, vulnerability CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169, also known as Shellshock or the Bash bug, was found in the widely-used Unix Bash shell. The vulnerability allows Bash to execute commands from environment variables unintentionally.

GoAnywhere Director, GoAnywhere Services, and GoAnywhere Gateway run on a JVM which is invoked from within a Bash shell.  While GoAnywhere is not directly affected by this bug, the GoAnywhere startup process utilizes the common JAVA_HOME and JRE_HOME environment variables during the initialization of the JVM.  It is thus possible that a compromised environment variable on a vulnerable Linux and Unix system could cause the startup and shutdown process of GoAnywhere to unintentionally execute other commands and programs.

Linoma Software recommends that our customers who deploy GoAnywhere to Linux and UNIX servers be aware of this security bug and apply the appropriate patches as they become available from your operating system vendor.



Do More in Less Time with GoAnywhere Director Release 4.6

Linoma Software has a long history of bringing innovation to encryption and file transfer software. With release 4.6 of GoAnywhere Director, the development team focused on existing tools in an effort to reduce set up and maintenance of file transfer Jobs. The result was an extensive list of amazing time-saving improvements to benefit every user.

Streamline Administration

Batch jobs can now be organized and prioritized within their own custom job queues. Customers can assign a higher priority to certain jobs in order to meet their service level agreements with select trading partners. Jobs can also be executed sequentially using single-threaded job queues to ensure that file transfers occur in the order they were submitted.

release 4.6 - queues Manipulating groups of data is even easier in release 4.6. For instance, the values from a database table can be modified to meet a vendor's requirements when written to an XML, CSV, fixed-width, or Microsoft Excel file. In turn, before being imported into a database system, the values in a document can be read and altered to meet the application's requirements. File monitors can now be set up to easily scan SFTP, FTP and FTPS servers to execute a project workflow when a new, updated or deleted file is detected. With a step-by-step wizard, you can indicate the folders to scan, the file pattern and the frequency. If no files are found on the targeted server for the time period, GoAnywhere can alert personnel quickly with email notifications.

Take Control

release 4.6 - debuggerWhile GoAnywhere Director makes it easy to build complex file transfer projects, there are occasions when a user needs a deeper level of control and visibility into the steps being performed. This newest release introduces a debugging tool for project workflows. The new debugger allows an administrator to step through tasks and view or modify the value of variables after each task has executed. One of the more significant enhancements in release 4.6 is the ability to run remote commands on SSH enabled servers. The new "Execute SSH Commands" task allows administrators to pass command parameters using variables, and the output from the command can be directed to the job log or an output file. As an example, this new task can be used to automate software installations, perform upgrades and other admin functions on Linux and UNIX servers.

Improve Security

Security continues to be a top priority for Linoma Software. The release of GoAnywhere Director 4.6 brings with it the ability to set up folders that secure data at rest using automatic AES-256 encryption. This helps to provide compliance with PCI, HIPAA and other strict data security regulations.

release 4.6 - manager

A complete list of enhancements can be found in the release notes on the GoAnywhere Director website.

Single Sign-On Adds Simplicity and Integration to GoAnywhere Services 3.5

The release of GoAnywhere Services version 3.5 introduces SSO (Single Sign-On) support to our secure FTP software.  Those familiar with the technology understand the significance of this enhancement in improving security and simplicity in our HTTPS Web Client.

Single Sign-On GoAnywhere Services Today's workplace requires a growing number of usernames and passwords to access the company's network portal, webmail, benefits system, cloud-based applications, and much more.  This can lead to "weak" passwords or the overuse of a single password which, if stolen, can create vulnerability across multiple accounts.

SAML (Security Assertion Mark-Up Language) is an XML based open standard for authorization and authentication between an Identity Provider and a Service Provider.

Implementing SSO affords your organization a number of opportunities.  The addition of SAML v2.0 support, using the OpenSAML API, allows GoAnywhere Services to improve productivity, increase adoption, centralize user access control and add a uniform security layer.

In addition, SSO support now allows integration of GoAnywhere Services with both internal applications and compatible external applications.  For example, you can now regain control of documents storage in Salesforce.com while providing a simple and seamless experience for users.

Additional enhancements include two new languages, custom disclaimers for all languages and new Virtual Folder commands.

Expanded Language Support

Version 3.5 adds support for two new languages: Portuguese and Bahasa.  Linoma Software continues to evaluate requests for additional languages as part of our commitment to building a product that serves an international marketplace. This release also improves language support by accommodating custom disclaimers for each language.

Virtual Folder Commands

GACMD (GoAnywhere Command) received an update that improves the ability to create, update, and delete virtual files and folders across a range of web user and group profiles in GoAnywhere Services.  GACMD provides a way to programmatically send commands to GoAnywhere Services and our file automation solution; GoAnywhere Director.

A result of user feedback, this enhancement further improves the efficiency of GoAnywhere Services.      

Updates for GoAnywhere Include Clustering, Disk Quotas, and More

In response to customer requests, especially from larger organizations, Linoma Software has released new enhancements such as clustering and disk quotas for GoAnywhere Director and GoAnywhere Services.  These updates to the GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer suite provide even more robust administrative control, and add automatic failover protection in the event of a server failure.

GoAnywhere Director 4.5.0 adds clustering

The new release of GoAnywhere Director 4.5.0 got a big boost when developers added clustering, a feature they added to GoAnywhere Services earlier this year.  Clustering, also know as "active-active" high availability, means that multiple installations of GoAnywhere Director can be in operation simultaneously, communicating with each other at all times.

GoAnywhere Director Clustering for High Availability

There are several advantages to clustering.  It provides assurance for users and trading partners that if something were to go wrong with one of the servers, the additional installations would automatically take over so availability would not be affected.  It also allows for load balancing, which is especially helpful for organizations with high volumes of file transfers.  Finally, it makes it easy for organizations to manage growth because they can easily incorporate additional servers to their managed file transfer environment.

GoAnywhere Services 3.3.0 adds disk quotas, bandwidth throttling

GoAnywhere Services 3.3.0 offers administrators even greater control over how users interact with their secure FTP servers.

One key enhancement is the addition of disk quotas, which allows admins to determine how much storage space to give to each trading partner and user to better manage storage device resources.

Bandwidth throttling, also new to GoAnywhere Services 3.3.0, lets administrators put limits on the amount of network resources a user can consume when transferring files.  With this feature, controls can be enforced on file uploads, downloads and even on which days or times of day are available to specific users.

With more than 50 updates in this round of enhancements, GoAnywhere continues to respond to the needs of its ever-growing consumer base.  GoAnywhere customers will be notified within their product screens that an update is available, and those who are not yet customers can contact us to get a free demo, or can download a fully-functional free trial.

For more information about the features included in the new releases, check out our news page.  

New Android Mobile App:GoAnywhere File Transfer at the Tap of a Finger

It used to be that when we left work for the day, we really left work.  With today's mobile culture, however, employees are staying on top of projects and communicating with customers no matter where they are.

Linoma Software found a way to make that a little easier by developing its new GoAnywhere File Transfer mobile application for the Android platform.

Now, GoAnywhere Services customers can securely exchange files with internal servers or trading partners using their mobile phone or tablet.  Trading partners can also download the app and access the customer's web portal to exchange files securely and conveniently.

The GoAnywhere File Transfer mobile app works much like GoAnywhere Services' ad hoc web client, and can also send files through Services' Secure Mail feature.  It is free to download from the Google Play store.

Here are some screenshots of the Android app at work:

GoAnywhere App ad hoc web client

From this screen, an employee could send or retrieve files by accessing the GoAnywhere Services ad-hoc web client.

GoAnywhere App secure mail

GoAnywhere Services customers can also send files right from their phones or tablets using the Secure Mail feature.

GoAnywhere secure mail module

As with the standard GoAnywhere Services Secure Mail module, users can choose from a variety of security settings before they send the secure email.

For more information about the GoAnywhere File Transfer Android app, you may read the official announcement, or contact us via email or by calling 1-800-949-4696. If you're not familiar with GoAnywhere Services, our secure FTP server solution that's part of the GoAnywhere managed file transfer suite of products, we'd be happy to schedule a demo with one of our product specialists.

Linoma Joins HANDD at InfoSecurity Europe

Following on the heels of the InfoSec Conference in Orlando last week, we've crossed the pond to co-sponsor an exhibition stand with longtime partners HANDD Business Solutions at the InfoSecurity Europe conference in London.  This event brings experts from all areas of cyber, network, cloud and data security together to discuss key issues and educate IT professionals on best practices.

InfoSecurity EuropeNo matter where an organization does business, keeping private data protected, avoiding data breach, and implementing appropriate policies and procedures to meet a variety of compliance guidelines are formidable challenges.

On the top of the minds of IT professionals who stopped by our stand, #C95, was how to find a better file sharing alternative than the free cloud-based services that have become popular with employees, but that are virtually impossible to monitor and track to meet compliance guidelines.

GoAnywhere.com has a whole new look!

While some of our team is enjoying the COMMON Users Group conference in Austin this week, we're excited to announce that we've completely revamped our website at GoAnywhere.com to make it even easier for visitors to find what they need.

It's now easy to search by solution, by product, or by industry, and quick access to videos and other resources makes researching much quicker.

GoAnywhere.com website design

GoAnywhere.com internal website page

Whether you're discovering GoAnywhere for the first time, or are a happy customer, we hope you'll check out our new website, and let us know what you think!