Secure File Sharing for Government and Public Sector
Government agencies, military departments, and contractors face significant regulations and security policies when it comes to protecting, transferring, and ensuring fast delivery of sensitive data. An effective Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution is critical for helping agencies meet these strict security requirements.
Fortra offers two robust MFT solutions, both with unique strengths: GoAnywhere MFT, a comprehensive managed file transfer option that supports compliance and automation, and FileCatalyst, an accelerated file transfer solutions which delivers fast file transfers for organizations needing speed, even from remote locations, as well as large file capacity.
Challenges for Government File Sharing
Federal government agencies must meet several compliance requirements, including FISMA, NIST, and PCI DSS.
The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements are designed to help reduce the security risk to federal data. The act mandates that every agency create, document, and implement a plan to ensure that the information systems and the data they contain are kept secure. 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.
Fortra’s secure file transfer solutions, GoAnywhere MFT and FileCatalyst, can help government and military agencies secure and accelerate sensitive files, from anywhere in the world. These secure, automated, and user-friendly solutions simplify the sharing of authorized data between government agencies and their trading partners at the federal, state, county, and city levels, protect data confidentiality, and streamline data transfer activities by:
- Encrypting data using FIPS 140-2 compliant AES, Triple DES and TLS algorithms
- Authenticating all users so only intended parties can access data
- Proving compliance with audit trails and reports
- Automating and managing file transfers via a browser-based dashboard
- Centralizing file transfer processes to control file access
- Streamlining document workflows and administration
- Safeguarding inbound ports of internal networks
- Optimizing bandwidth to ensure reliable transfers, even from remote locations or intelligence from locations with unreliable links
- Tracking and monitoring of deliveries to ensure sensitive information does not fall into the wrong hands
- Accelerating transfer speeds for quick, easy collaboration for interdepartmental and inter-organizational collaboration from any location
If your needs are primarily for the speedy transfer of large files from anywhere in the world, even ship-to-shore, see what Fortra’s FileCatalyst can do for you.
Our File Transfer Calculator can quickly show you just how fast file transfer can be. And here are a few more resources to check out on fast, or extreme file transfer:
- Article: What is Extreme File Transfer and How Does it Help organizations Move Large Files More Efficiently?
- Article: Ship to Shore: Fast File Transfer
- Case study: FileCatalyst and the United Nations
- Video: Using FileCatalyst in Military and Government
Secure File Sharing for Government at a Glance with GoAnywhere MFT
*also supported with FileCatalyst
GoAnywhere MFT Meets Common Criteria, NIAP Standards for NSS Procurement
Fortra’s GoAnywhere MFT is available for National Security System (NSS) Procurement, per the Committee on National Security Systems Policy #11. The Validation Report and Security Target are posted on the NIAP Product Compliant List. This milestone recognizes that GoAnywhere has met the rigorous security standards, including Common Criteria certification required for federal government buyers and other security-forward organizations.
GoAnywhere Pricing and GSA Advantage Details
GoAnywhere MFT is a single product that allows organizations to simplify, integrate, and move data anywhere, securely and across all environments and applications. Whether you need to transfer a handful – or thousands – of files a day, GoAnywhere can scale to accommodate your needs.
Federal and State Procurement Contracts
NASA SEWP V
State of New Jersey – T3121
NASPO Cloud Solutions- UT
OMNIA Partners, Public Sector
Improve Your Public Sector and Government File Transfers
With a robust secure file transfer in place, busy government entities can reduce costs by streamlining processes and automating workflows. With secure file transfer from Fortra in place, government organizations can:
Secured and audited at every step, authorized personnel can confidently send and receive sensitive data files. Fortra’s SFT solutions work with strong encryption standards including AES, SSL, SSH, SSL, and Open PGP.
Regulations require documentation of who has access to sensitive files, where a file has been moved, and every person that might have had access to it along the way. Fortra’s SFT solutions automatically record complete audit trails of all file transfer transactions and confirm successful delivery
Even with measures in place to securely transfer files, the time demands on IT can be significant. But with Fortra’s SFT solutions in place, the processes of sending and receiving files are fully automated so staff can focus on other tasks.
See What Government and Public Sector Professionals Say About Fortra's SFT Solutions
It used to take eight hours every month to print and send out our monthly accounting reports from JD Edwards. We'd submit between 100-150 jobs to our JD Edwards System each month, and they'd each generate a PDF. Someone would then open the PDF, save it to a specific file location, determine who was supposed to receive the file, then attach it to an email and send it off. With GoAnywhere, we've got it down to less than an hour.
Aaron W., Application Development Supervisor, Adams County, Colorado
The first benefit we noticed after implementing FileCatalyst was more control over our transfers and a dramatic speed improvement – we are finally able to use our 10 Gbps link to its full extent.
James Watson, Lead Engineer, PGS
We have been very satisfied with the professional service provided by Fortra for the GoAnywhere product. We find the software easy to learn and intuitive for workflow development and would recommend it to other institutions that have similar needs. The flexibility of the software to interact with a wide variety of data inputs is one of the software’s greatest strengths. Given the large variety of digital acquisitions that LAC takes on each year, GoAnywhere is a good fit for our needs.
Kyle Browness, Senior Project Officer, Digital Services, Library and Archives Canada
Aside from the speed gains, we found FileCatalyst to be a much more reliable and resilient method of file delivery over an FTP application. The improved file transfer has enabled us to cover more up-to-date situational reports on the field because the turnaround time in bringing in these reports and materials was drastically reduced.
Jose Villegas, Collaboration Systems Administrator, United Nations, UNIFEED
The software makes it easy to have many timed jobs running hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, with a nice overview of how many jobs succeeded or failed. It has a graphical "programming language" with a set of convenient functions for handling and manipulating strings and numbers and file metadata. The software can use a large number of transfer protocols, including FTP, HTTP(S), WebDAV, Windows share, SFTP.
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Public Sector Data Security Case Studies
Requirements from various branches of the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) identified a need for a robust and secure way to transfer the many digital publications it continuously adds to its collections of documentary heritage of Canada. Discover how the team uses GoAnywhere to great effect.
A North American government agency needed to give citizens better ways to perform civic data sharing remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vital services like issuing building permits, reporting crimes, paying parking fees, and processing property tax payments can now be done online securely, thanks to the power of GoAnywhere MFT and the Clearswift Secure ICAP Gateway.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) maintains 236 miles of user-fee supported roadway from the Oklahoma border to Kansas City. Learn how they’ve used GoAnywhere to consolidate, simplify, and share data with other tolling agencies.
When the county clerk’s office stopped accepting paper documents, the Public Defender’s Office - 4th Circuit found GoAnywhere MFT, a solution that reduced employee workloads, improved collaboration, and satisfied compliance requirements for web service connections and e-filing. Read the full case study to learn more.
"Keep Infrastructure Simple and Easy to Manage." That's the IT philosophy at the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for the State of Maryland. Facing the challenge of transferring sensitive data securely while accommodating the different file format requirements of their trading partners, the DLLR team selected GoAnywhere. The robust software allowed the team to integrate several projects quickly which resulted in increased overall productivity.
In order to process payroll in California, all government agencies must submit the data to the California Public Employee Retirement Systems through a complicated XML format. The City of Modesto utilized the features in GoAnywhere to create the required files, encrypt, send and confirm receipt which expedited the difficult reporting process. GoAnywhere enabled them to handle the entire process quickly and affordably.
As a central hub of the UN’s information sharing, the UNIFEED department receives regular briefings from the field on missions. The updates are posted on the Department of Peacekeeping Operations website as well as other publications. These updates come in the form of audio and video files which can become very large and hard to transfer. To eliminate the slow transfers, the UN implemented FileCatalyst Direct to provide secure, reliable and accelerated transfers. FileCatalyst Direct is immune to packet loss and latency caused by poor network conditions, eliminating file transfer bottlenecks and quickly delivering files of any size or format to any location.