GoAnywhere MFT is Crucial for Government Agencies
Government agencies are facing more responsibilities than ever to keep increasingly sensitive data safe and away from prying eyes.
GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer (MFT) is a solution that’s seasoned at protecting data confidentiality and can help government and/or public sector organizations by meeting the strict security requirements they’re accountable for, eliminating manual processes, strengthening data encryption, and more.
What is GoAnywhere MFT?
GoAnywhere MFT is a secure file transfer solution that simplifies and streamlines the exchange of authorized data between government agencies and their trading partners at federal, state, county and city levels.
The Top Five Reasons Why Government Agencies Need MFT
When it comes to protecting sensitive data, an effective managed file transfer solution like GoAnywhere MFT is critical for helping agencies exchange authorized data among government entities and their partners safely.
Here are the top five reasons why government agencies need MFT:
Reason #1: Enhanced File Security
As a secure managed file transfer solution, GoAnywhere MFT ensures sensitive files get where they need to go and are properly secured in transit and at rest. Security is enhanced by encrypting and decrypting files using methods like Open PGP and FIPS 140-2 compliant AES and Triple DES algorithms to meet strict government/National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards.
Industry standard protocols such as FTPS, SFTP, and AS2 are also utilized to protect key data during transmission. This enterprise level of security, encryption of inbound and outbound data, and user authentication is essential to guard against cyberthreats, helping to prevent unauthorized access and data tampering.
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Reason #2: Compliance and Reporting
Government agencies are subject to a number of significant regulations and security policies to ensure data is properly protected. In addition to requirements like GLBA, SOX, HIPAA and PCI DSS, one of the most significant set of security guidelines federal agencies are accountable for is the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
FISMA regulations apply to all agencies within the U.S. federal government, some state agencies, and any private sector organization in a contractual relationship with the government. FISMA’s requirements mandate that every agency creates, documents, and implements a plan that ensures that the information systems and the data they contain are kept secure. This data includes that which is provided and/or managed by third-party entities such as other government agencies, contractors, and trading partners.
GoAnywhere ensures that file transfers are compliant and sent under the guidelines of FISMA by providing data protection and encryption, access control to limit data access, and essential auditing and reporting capabilities.
Through audit logs and reports, GoAnywhere can effectively track file transfer activity by automatically recording complete audit trails of all file transfer transactions and confirming the successful delivery. The file transfer activity is tracked in a central database, which can be viewed in GoAnywhere’s dashboard or automatically distributed in PDF format.
Detailed audit logs are required for maintaining compliance with regulations and privacy laws. With GoAnywhere, government agencies can:
- Globally search all logs from one central location
- Filter results based on date ranges, specific users, severity, etc.
- Schedule reports to run at future dates/times with email distribution
- Export audit logs for viewing in Excel and other applications
- Send log messages to a Syslog server for centralized error reporting and other notification operations
- Running multi-step workflows to transfer, encrypt, and process files
- Scheduling transfers to run at future dates and times
- Monitoring folders for new files and processing them immediately
- Integrating with existing applications, programs, and scripts
- Receiving email/SMS notifications for completed or failed jobs
Related Reading: How to Help Ensure Compliance with Data Privacy Laws
Reason #3: Automation
With GoAnywhere MFT, centralized automation is directly at your fingertips. File transfer automation helps to make processes more productive, reliable, and reduces the risk of human error. Thus, saving government agencies time, money, and valuable resources.
When you automate file transfers, agencies can choose when files move between systems internally, between users, and trading partners – either by scheduling file transfers or setting up “triggers” that set off data movements once a specified event occurs.
GoAnywhere’s intuitive browser-based interface allows agencies to automate file transfers of any size and volume by:
Related Reading: 10 Ways to Achieve Automatic File Transfers with GoAnywhere MFT
Reason #4: Flexibility
GoAnywhere MFT can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, via MFTaaS, or within a hybrid environment for ultimate flexibility. Government agencies can easily integrate with the cloud and daily web applications through Cloud Connectors, built-in web and cloud integrations that connect to your projects and workflows.
As a comprehensive secure file transfer solution, GoAnywhere can run on popular platforms like Linux, Windows, AIX, IBM i, and more. GoAnywhere also has the flexibility to translate data to and from popular formats like EDI X12 and EDIFACT, Excel, XML, and JSON.
GoAnywhere also offers a selection of modules that will give any agencies’ environment additional functionality, features, and flexibility, such as:
- Advanced Workflows: Define your file transfers and business processes in a seamless end-to-end workflow
- Secure Folders: Give trading partners and customers quick access to authorized folders and files via a HTTPS web interface
- GoDrive: Collaborate between workers easily and securely
- Secure Mail: Send encrypted messages and files over a secure HTTPS connection
- And more
Related Reading: 9 Ways to Use GoAnywhere’s Cloud Connector Integrations
Reason #5: Remote Work Support
GoAnywhere MFT tackles remote file transfers, both small and large, with its ability to monitor and configure file transfers remotely through the GoAnywhere dashboard.
With MFT Agents, government agencies can effectively and efficiently take advantage of remote monitoring, syncing directories, and more. The agents provide remote file transfer capabilities in real-time and can be installed virtually anywhere. Desktops and servers located on-premises, external systems such as trading partners, and even the cloud are all viable options.
Administrators can control automated file transfers and file processing remotely from a central GoAnywhere server, as well as utilize projects on the agent host. This can be utilized to collect remote log files and send them back to the MFT server or different syslog servers in order to have them centralized in one single location.
For further remote support, GoAnywhere MFT offers mobile support for secure file transfer and management with the GoAnywhere File Transfer Mobile App. This app permits users of Apple and Android devices to securely send ad hoc file transfers with GoAnywhere. Related Reading: How a Remote Workforce Impacts Your Data Security