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5 Signs Your Organization is Ready for MFT

Managed File Transfer Levels the Playing Field for SMB

Low-cost file transfer tools allow mid-market businesses to make simple data exchanges both internally and externally.  As your company grows, however, trading partners demand enterprise-level systems to improve reliability and data security. 

cityscape - mft readyManaged File Transfer (MFT) emerged to reduce the cost and programming skills required for you to meet customer requirements and stay competitive in the marketplace. According to an Info-Tech Research Group report on selecting and implementing an MFT solution, there are five signs that indicate your organization could benefit from this technology.

  1. A need for transparency and traceability in file exchange activities
  2. New business relationships mandate adherence to compliance laws and privacy regulations
  3. Traditional methods of sending data, such as FTP, aren't secure
  4. Processes need to be more agile and adapt to changing network conditions
  5. The inability to comply with government reporting requirements

MFT provides comprehensive audit trails and monitoring to document all file transfer activity. Reports generated from this data show every interaction with the files on your server in great detail and allow you to better serve customers by responding quickly when problems do arise.

When security and reporting tools are needed to meet strict regulatory compliance standards of even highly-regulated industries, MFT delivers.  These include the data protection and integrity requirements found in PCI DSS, GLBA, SOX, Dodd-Frank and state privacy laws.

In light of recent high profile data breaches, many organizations have chosen to reduce their risk by seeking alternatives to unsecure FTP.  MFT gives you the flexibility to connect with trading partners using secure protocols and popular encryption methods like SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS, AS2, Open PGP and ZIP with AES.

In addition, automation and simplified workflows offered in many MFT solutions streamline the process of adding and onboarding trading partners. Companies can reduce or eliminate time spent on manual file exchanges and interrupted file transfers, thus reducing administrative costs and assuring the timely delivery of mission-critical data.

To explore MFT further, download this useful checklist to help in your evaluation of vendors and find the best solution for your organization.


Linoma Software Ranks Among Top Companies on the Inc. 5000 List

inc. 5000 - medallionFor the third year in a row, Linoma Software is proud to announce that we were the recipient of the Inc. 5000 award as one of the fastest-growing private companies among America's independent entrepreneurs.  Linoma Software joins 24 high growth companies in Nebraska and is the only software company ranked in the state.

"The story of this year's Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg.

You can view Linoma Software's listing on the Inc. website and see how other companies scored by visiting: http://www.inc.com/profile/linoma-software


Do Your Homework When Choosing a Managed File Transfer Solution

Linoma Software emerged as an early pioneer in MFT (managed file transfer).  Starting in 2002 with a solution for automating and managing file transfers, capabilities soon expanded to support encryption standards to help organizations protect sensitive and confidential data.

Companies of all sizes quickly recognized how MFT could help them establish centralized control over file access, streamline file transfer processes, and simplify compliance through detailed audit logs and reporting.  This has led to a surge in providers, each with their own flavor of MFT.

This increasingly crowded marketplace has made it difficult for IT security professionals to research and recommend the best MFT solution to meet their organization's particular needs.  That's why Linoma Software's chief architect Bob Luebbe believes so highly in the value of quality research like the recent report on the vendor landscape for MFT by Info-Tech Research Group.

research mft - info-tech-slides-stackedThe Info-Tech report entitled "Select and Implement a Managed File Transfer Solution" gives you the tools to fully explore your organization's requirements for MFT.

"Managed file transfer software is frequently purchased to meet the requirements of one initiative," states Luebbe, "but companies quickly discover the advantages of implementing MFT across all areas of file management."  Proper planning allows you to 'secure file transfers today and avoid worrying about tomorrow'.

Assembling a thorough assessment of system-to-system and ad-hoc file transfers across every department allows you to match current and future demands to MFT providers identified as leaders in those particular areas.

Choosing an MFT solution is an investment of both money and time.  "If you're not 100% confident in the software's ability to communicate with your existing systems and perform to your expectations, that should be reason for concern," Luebbe cautions.

"Install fully functional trial software on your own system, request a personalized demo where you can see the software in action and have the ability to ask specific questions, and always ask for references from customers using the software in a similar fashion."

Luebbe concludes, "Linoma Software believes in MFT's ability to help an organization achieve regulatory compliance, increase security and streamline processes.  It's important to us that everyone has a positive experience with this transformative technology."

Read the entire Info-Tech Research Group report on the MFT vendor landscape for yourself at http://go.linomasoftware.com/infotech2015.


GoAnywhere MFT Enters the Drummond AS2 Certification Queue

Drummond Group logo - Drummond AS2 CertificationThis spring, Linoma Software started the extensive process of reviewing and testing its AS2 automation features against the world's highest standards, as set by the Drummond Group, LLC. Drummond Certified™ products are compliant and interoperable to make sure they truly interface with the systems of customers and partners.

GoAnywhere MFT recently completed the first phase of testing, the results of which confirmed compatibility with RFC 4130.  The testing also verified GoAnywhere's compliance with optional profiles for:

  • FN (Filename Preservation)
  • MA (Multiple Attachments)
  • FN-MA (Filename Preservation with Multiple Attachments)
  • CTE (Chunked Transfer Encoding)
  • SHA2 hash algorithms supporting SHA256, SHA384 and SHA512

GoAnywhere MFT was added to the Drummond AS2 Certification Queue where it will be tested against all AS2 Drummond Certified products. Linoma Software anticipates certification for GoAnywhere MFT this fall.


GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer 5.0 Released with Unified Interface and Advanced Reporting

Linoma Software unveils GoAnywhere MFT (Managed File Transfer), version 5.0 of its GoAnywhere secure file transfer software. The upgrade combines the workflow automation capabilities of Linoma's popular GoAnywhere Director solution with secure file transfer protocol (FTP) features from GoAnywhere Services into a single product. In addition, the merged product adds numerous significant enhancements. 

GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer 5.0 Unified Interface DashboardGoAnywhere MFT 5.0 introduces a brand new and customizable browser-based dashboard with more than 20 gadgets providing statistics, graphs, and details of file transfer activity and critical system information. Each administrator has their own personal dashboard, and can arrange informative gadgets to quickly monitor the activity most important to them.

The upgrade delivers advanced Reporting features that include various PDF reports that cover system information and file-transfer activity with details and graphs.  A Security Settings Audit report will analyze a GoAnywhere MFT server's security settings to determine compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) requirements. The report also suggests actions needed to remedy the settings that are non-compliant.

GoAnywhere continues to provide individual audit logs for job activity, triggers, and file transfers (SFTP and FTP/s, HTTP/s, AS2). The product's new version improves logging by sending the individual log events to a global index for faster, system-wide search results.  The new Global Search can be used to quickly find events for a particular file name, a specific user name or a wide variety of 'Google' like search criteria.

Licensing for GoAnywhere MFT has been revamped allowing Linoma to offer a completely free FTP server, including functions to automate FTP transfers. Every edition of GoAnywhere MFT also includes 10 free user accounts for GoDrive, the on-premise enterprise file synchronization and sharing solution.

GoAnywhere MFT now features the ability to use Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) servers as Resources and Tasks to integrate antivirus and DLP (data loss prevention) solutions in your workflows. Customers can scan files for sensitive data and viruses to stop harmful file transfers before they are sent.

Existing customers of GoAnywhere will need to register on the GoAnywhere Customer Portal at my.goanywhere.com to request a new license before installing the upgrade.

To download the software or learn more about the enhancements and features of GoAnywhere MFT 5.0, visit GoAnywhere.com.


GoAnywhere Gets Best Overall Value Scores for Server-to-Server and Ad Hoc Enterprise in Info-Tech Research Group's Study of Managed File Transfer Solutions

Info-Tech Research Group, an IT research and analysis company, has released a report naming Linoma Software's GoAnywhere managed file transfer (MFT) solution as having the highest Value Score of the MFT vendor group in Server-to-Server and Ad Hoc Enterprise use cases.

Info-Tech Research Group defines a Value Score as an index of "each vendor's product offering and business strength relative to its price point. Vendors that score high offer more bang-for-the-buck (e.g., features, usability, stability) than the average vendor, while the inverse is true for those that score lower."

Info-Tech Research Group released the findings in its report entitled, "Select and Implement a Managed File Transfer Solution," which lays out numerous criteria for designating MFT products and evaluating products in that market niche.

In particular, the report makes the point that "FTP is no longer a viable option" for enterprises with high-volume data transfer needs because of such challenges as difficult installation processes, no file delivery guarantee, limited storage-management options, user-training problems, increased risk, limited visibility, and lack of encryption.

Info-Tech Research Group evaluated different MFT software solutions for such attributes as speed, volume (capacity), security/encryption, and compliance with industry standards and governmental mandates. GoAnywhere received the only 100 out of 100 possible points awarded for Server-to-Server and Ad Hoc Enterprise in Info-Tech Research Group's Managed File Transfer Vendor Landscape.

Info-Tech Research Group's Vendor Landscape reports recognize outstanding vendors in the technology marketplace. Assessing vendors by the strength of their offering and their strategy for the enterprise, Info-Tech Research Group's Vendor Landscapes pay tribute to the contribution of exceptional vendors in a particular category.

According to the report, "With enterprise-level controls and rigorous audit logs, GoAnywhere ensures strict security policies and compliance regulations are met, regardless of industry. The product is FIPS 140-2 certified and is compliant with PCI DSS, HIPAA, HITECH, SOX, and GLBA. Its ability to connect and interface with multiple technologies provides a versatile solution in disparate environments. GoAnywhere's reverse proxy restricts which ports are open on your internal network. This is useful for all high security and regulatory environments."

Further details on Info-Tech Research Group's Managed File Transfer Vendor Landscape are available at http://go.linomasoftware.com/infotech2015.


GoAnywhere Solves Banking File Transfer Problems

Linoma Software announces availability of a case study describing how its customer, FPS GOLD, solved some years-long problems by using the GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer solution.

FPS GOLD logoFPS GOLD is a services company for community banks that was plagued by dropped files and cumbersome procedures for setting up new clients. Among other problems, their old system could not handle the thousands of daily file transfers. It required special scripts and staggered processing to function, and the old system's log made it difficult to detect errors.

Since adopting GoAnywhere, FPS GOLD has solved their file transfer problems. GoAnywhere is capable of handling the volume of transfers FPS GOLD needs. Its clustered architecture is so reliable that FPS GOLD hasn't lost a single file since installing it. Set-up time for new customers has been cut to 15 minutes, and being able to view GoAnywhere's job log has proven to be a "valuable time-saving feature," in the words of the customer. In addition, FPS GOLD estimates a savings of $12,000 per year in licensing fees over its old solution.

GoAnywhere is a managed file transfer solution that streamlines and manages data movement from a centralized location. It lets enterprises connect to almost any internal or external system and securely exchange data. GoAnywhere also allows trading partners and employees to connect to your systems securely and easily via common server protocols (e.g., FTP, FTPS, SFTP, HTTPS) and offers a browser interface. GoAnywhere Gateway lets trading partners connect without having to open incoming ports into a private network or having to store sensitive information in a DMZ or perimeter network.

Further details on FPS GOLD's file-transfer transformation are available at http://go.linomasoftware.com/fps-gold.


10 Ways to Make File Transfers Easier, Automated and Secure

If you're still managing file transfer processes using traditional methods that include complicated scripts and legacy programs, the potential risks are great. In addition to being a drain on your time, they could also be putting critical data at risk.

10 Ways to Make File Transfers Easier, Automated and SecureIn a recent webinar, "10 Ways to Make File Transfers Easier, Automated and Secure", Linoma Software chief architect Bob Luebbe talked about key issues and how they are easily addressed using a modern Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution.

The challenges covered included:

  • old technology still in use
  • time consuming manual processes
  • a lack of error alerts or audit logs to meet compliance rules
  • employees sending files unchecked through email, cloud-sharing and portable storage devices

Luebbe went on to introduce the advantages of MFT, and offered the top three considerations when evaluating an MFT solution:

  1. ease of use
  2. centralized security and control
  3. auditing and alerts

Following Bob's presentation, software development manager Steve Luebbe gave a tour of Linoma Software's GoAnywhereMFT Suite and demonstrated how it can help users to simplify, automate and secure file transfers.

The webinar ended with a summary of the 10 ways MFT helps in the areas of secure file transfer, full feature data translation and time-saving automation.

This free on-demand webinar is recommended for anyone managing mission-critical file transfers, organizations with individuals sending sensitive file attachments through email and cloud storage (i.e., Dropbox), and IT professionals faced with increasing regulatory and compliance requirements.


What GoAnywhere Customers Should Know About LogJam

Logjam"LogJam Computer Bug Could Wreak Havoc" - USA Today

"A Frightening New Vulnerability Could Let Hackers Bypass The One Thing That Keeps Us Safe Online" - Business Insider

"FREAK-like LogJam Attack Undermines TLS Security" Infosecurity Magazine

"Enterprise, Cloud Services Exposed as Vulnerable to LogJam" - ZDnet

With frightening headlines appearing last week in various news outlets around the world, it's no wonder people are paying attention to the Diffie-Hellman key exchange attack also known as LogJam. The extremely popular Diffie-Hellman key exchange algorithm allows Internet protocols to negotiate secure connections using shared keys and is integral to protocols such as HTTPS, SMTPS, IPsec and those reliant on TLS.  LogJam exploits a flaw that could allow eavesdropping and data manipulation on affected HTTPS websites.

GoAnywhere Not Vulnerable to LogJam Attack on SSL/TLS. GoAnywhere Services relies on the JSSE provider for handling SSL/TLS handshake operations. If configured properly, GoAnywhere is not vulnerable to the SSL/TLS Diffie Hellman key exchange attack known as LogJam.

To avoid this attack in GoAnywhere, configure your HTTPS/AS2, FTP, and FTPS Services to only enable cipher suites that utilize the Elliptic Curve DH key exchange algorithms.

For any GoAnywhere customers who have concerns or need assistance in ensuring their system is configured properly, our dedicated Support Team is always available to help. There are several convenient ways to connect with us. You can learn more on our Customer Support page at GoAnywhere.com.