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Ipswitch MOVEit DMZ Managed File Transfer Review

SC Magazine have reviewed a number of managed file transfer solutions available in the marketplace – Ipswitch MOVEit DMZ being one of them. This managed file transfer server software helps secure data in transit by encrypting various transfer protocols using industry standards.

After reviewing product attributes such as features, ease of use, performance, documentation, support and value for money, Ipswitch MOVEit DMZ was award a full 5 stars in every category and labelled as one of SC Magazine’s ‘Best Buys’. Stating no possible negative points against the solution, the overall verdict deemed MOVEit DMZ a “A flexible, web-based product which allows tight control over end-to-end file transfer security.”Ipswitch MOVEit SC Magazine Review

See here for full details of the SC Magazine review or for more information regarding the Ipswitch File Transfer product range. Please also feel free to contact Pro2col on 0333 123 1240 to speak to one of our consultants.

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SC Magazine Award Biscom Delivery Server 5 Stars in Latest Review

Nathan Ouellette, an author at SC Magazine produced a great review of Biscom’s secure file transfer software, Biscom Delivery Server 4. Installed using a VMware image, the reviewer rated the product based upon 6 key elements including Features, Ease of Use, Performance, Documentation, Support and Value for Money.

Emerging with an overall rating of 5 stars – it was clear that BDS was found to be easy to deploy, easy to use, and it gets the job done when it comes to transferring sensitive data securely and simply.

SC Magazine Biscom Rating

The numerous advantages such as multi-platform (Windows and Linux supported, and VM), Outlook plug-in, checkpoint restart, no file size limits, strongest back end encryption (AES 256-bit), extremely granular tracking and reporting, Web services SDK, and it’s simple, intuitive web interface means Biscom Delivery Server is one of the most comprehensive ad hoc file transfer solutions in the marketplace.

You can read the full SC Magazine Biscom Delivery Server review here or, for more information regarding the product please visit the Biscom Delivery Server product page on our website or contact Pro2col on 0333 123 1240.

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Buy WS_FTP Products Now and Earn Cash Back…

The 2010 Ipswitch Cash Club program makes the decision to purchase any WS_FTP Server solution much easier by offering you cashback on every purchase!

If you make a qualifying purchase from November 1-30, 2010, you will receive 15% of your total purchase in Amazon.com gift cards.

But the clock is ticking…

  • Purchases made from November 1-30, 2010 will receive 15% of the total purchase in Amazon.com gift cards.
  • Purchases made from December 1-31, 2010 will receive 10% of the total purchase in Amazon.com gift cards.

Money Savings

Beat the clock! If you were already considering WS_FTP Professional multi-packs, WS_FTP Server, or one of the powerful WS_FTP Server modules, act now to get the most cash back.

You can get in contact with the team at Pro2col on 0333 123 1240 to find out more.

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How will the changes to PCI DSS affect you?

The PCI Security Standards Council have just released version 2.0 of PCI DSS, the Data Security Standard enforced upon all merchants that accept any form of card payments, designed to secure and protect cardholder details.  Although introducing only minor alterations, the main intention of the amendment is to provide greater clarity and flexibility for small merchants, facilitating a more comprehensive understanding of the requirements that must be satisfied under PCI DSS and making them easier to implement and abide by.

From a long term perspective, the amendments made are designed to help merchants manage evolving risks and data security threats whilst maintaining alignment with industry best practices.  Taking a higher level perspective, the main changes cover:

  • Reinforcement of the need to conduct thorough scoping exercises, so that merchants can identify exactly where their cardholder data resides in the business.
  • The need for more effective log management of credit card data within the business.
  • Allowance for organisations to adopt a more risk based approach when prioritising vulnerabilities, taking into account their specific circumstances.
  • The acceptance of unique business environments and accommodation of their specific needs.

More specifically Jonathan Lampe, VP of Product Management at Ipswitch File Transfer and representative of the PCI Security Council has identified the 5 key changes that will directly effect the transfer of sensitive credit card data:

  • Explicit recognition of SFTP  as a secure protocol.
  • Audit of virtual machine infrastructure and virtualisation hypervisors will be brought within the scope of PCI DSS.
  • Rotation requirements for the purposes of key management will be “based on industry best practices and guidelines” rather than an annual stipulation.
  • Identity and authentication requirements for users, “non-consumers” and administrators will be split further.
  • More specific requirements will be implemented around the auditability and security of timekeeping, especially as recorded in audit logs.  (Coordinated and reliable timestamps are helpful during civil and criminal investigations as well as internal forensics investigations.)

A further step taken by the PCI council to help small merchants achieve the latest 2.0 PCI DSS changes is the introduction of a small microsite.  The implementation life-cycle the of PCI Council’s standards will be extended from the current 2 years to 3 years to give merchants plenty of time to make the necessary changes.  The new 2.0 standard will be effective from 1st January 2011, however validation against the previous 1.2.1 standard will be allowed until 31st December 2011.

For more information regarding PCI DSS compliance and how this can be achieve in terms of secure file transfer, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Pro2col on 0333 123 1240.

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Positive results for Pro2col and co-exhibitors at Infosecurity

We made the decision to attend Infosecurity for the first time this year, with the intent of affirming Pro2col’s position as the UK’s leading supplier and integrator of secure file transfer technologies, with a range of carefully selected products designed to meet the requirements of any business.  Spurred by the formation of partnerships with some of the world’s leading secure file transfer vendors including Aspera, Ipswitch, Data Expedition, Biscom and Stonebranch, we were fortunate enough have experts from two vendors on the Pro2col stand, ready to impart their extensive product knowledge to attendees from around the world.

In customary form, after spending months meticulously planning for Infosec, the days leading up to the show were a little unsettling for us.  With not one but two co-exhibitors traveling from the US to London, nature decided that the pressure of event organisation was not enough and kindly added a humongous ash cloud to the mix – leaving us wondering whether or not half of our stand would actually make the event!

Despite initial concerns over travel arrangements (everyone made it thankfully – even if a little jet lagged), we are excited to say that the show was a great success for all parties involved.  With over 10 years experience within the file transfer arena, we can empathise with how daunting the broad spectrum of solutions in this marketplace can be for businesses when sourcing the most suitable solution for their requirements.  Both resellers and end users alike were very receptive to the impartial file advice and product demonstrations offered by Pro2col representatives, but also pleased to benefit from specialist product information imparted by Jon Laughland – UK Sale Executive for Stonebranch and Charlie Magliato – Channel Manager for Biscom Delivery Server.

From our perspective, it was brilliant to see just how seriously companies are taking the security of their sensitive data.  We spoke to IT professionals from a wide range of market sectors from the public domain (government bodies, healthcare organisations, universities), to retail, publishing, banking, legal firms – the list is endless!  Although unable to give each visitor the time allocated in a typical demonstration or consultation, we were able to glean valuable insight regarding the way businesses are currently moving their sensitive data and provide a neutral recommendation for products to meet their operational needs.

Another factor that surfaced repeatedly during the event, was the financial investment associated with some secure file transfer solutions.  There’s an abundance of smaller companies out there with a requirement to transfer files securely, that just don’t have the budget for a good percentage of the secure file transfer products available.  Similarly, larger corporate organisations don’t want to be paying over the odds for potential solutions.  Pro2col have spent a great deal of time scouring the marketplace to select products that not only cater for all file transfer requirements, but that do so at an affordable cost!

As we are continually looking for ways to improve the services we provide to both existing and potential customers, Infosec was a great learning experience for us in terms of the security marketplace and a productive exercise for the business in terms of relationship building with customers and resellers.

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Healthcare Industry Beware!

Recent reports have highlighted that hospitals and physicians in the US have been given a deadline of 2015, to convert all health records into digital form and then, to deploy the accompanying technology to handle these digital assets.  Considering only about a quarter of the US population’s health records are digitally stored – this is a bit of a tall order!

Makes you wonder whether, no lets rephrase that, WHEN the UK will follow in their footsteps.  For those organisations operating in the health sector, it may be

stethoscopewise to start reviewing the security and efficiency of you’re file transfer systems now, especially when you take into account the increased ICO powers of enforcement due to come into effect on 6th April 2010.  If a similar mandate were to come into force in the UK, in order to avoid possible fines of up to £500,000 organisations would need ensure that sensitive client files were secured when being transported between locations.

If your a healthcare organisation and you want to review or evaluate your large file transfer processes, please get in touch with the team at Pro2col on 0333 123 1240.  We offer a comprehensive range of secure file transfer solutions and we’re always happy to help.

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Email Attachment Management – The Future of Ad Hoc File Transfer

Email is probably the best known and most widely used internet service in the marketplace to date.  With an estimate quarter of the worlds population on the internet and a total of 418,029,796 users in Europe (over 50%), figures indicate that 92% of these users either send or read email.  As technology progresses and file sizes increase, moving data between geographically isolated locations has become more challenging.  Many businesses rely predominately on email for their daily communications and operations but unfortunately, it is being used for purposes it was neither designed nor intended to cope with.  Using email for ad hoc file transfer can cause huge problems for businesses in terms of  cost, efficiency and reliability.

Email Attachment

So if we can’t email large attachments, what can we do?  Introducing our latest white paper; Email Attachment Management – The Future of Ad Hoc File Transfer, which is available for download now.  It addresses the issues surrounding the ad hoc transmission of large files and details how email attachment management solutions enable businesses to email large attachments, minus the problems associated with standard email.

If you would like to discuss any of your file transfer requirements ad hoc or otherwise, please contact Pro2col on 0333 123 1240, we are always happy to help.

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Law.com reviews Biscom Delivery Server for Law Firms

Traditionally, when a law firm needs to send confidential documents to a client in a secure manner, they send it via courier or mail.  Organisations are accepting the fact that these methods are no longer adequate for a number of reasons, such as efficiency, security and expense.  Implementing a secure data transfer tool is key to effective communications.

See what Sean Doherty, Technology Editor from Law.com had to say following his evaluation of Biscom Delivery Server.

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IT Departments Beware – employees may be compromising your data!!

According to a survey published by Osterman Research Inc. in June-July 2009, using a sample of large organisations (over 500 employees and $5 million dollar revenue), 82% of employees resort to using personal email accounts when sending large files – compromising data security.  This tactic is employed by many to evade the email server attachment limits imposed by IT departments.

Considering 20% of the organisations surveyed send in excess of 500 files a week, this is a seriously disturbing statistic when you take into account the ramifications of using standard email for file transfer.  The most frustrating aspect of this predicament, is that many IT professionals are fully aware of the risks associated with this method of file transfer in particular e.g…

•    Compromised security and non-complianceCaution Sign
•    Lack of tracking, logging and auditing
•    The absence of visibility and monitoring

…and consequently, have introduced strategies and procedures to combat the use of unsolicited file transfer methods. The problem is employees will continue to violate security and procedural policies if they aren’t provided with a comparable, alternative solution that offers the same, simple functionality as their email client.

The results also revealed that 55% of the organisations surveyed had seen a 20% increase in ad hoc file transfer activity during June-July 2009 – the largest growth across all of the business file transfer ‘requirements’.  Evidently, employees have an increasing need to send large files on an ad hoc basis, largely due to the dramatic increase in file size over recent years.

So the moral of this story is, if you want your employees to adhere to company procedural policies when sending large files on an ad hoc basis, IT departments need to provide them with an adequate alternative to their email server!

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Secure File Transfer Standards – Are you Compliant?

With the sheer abundance of security standards, laws and legislation in our society nowadays, it’s really easy to get overwhelmed.  Although a necessary measure to safeguard individual’s confidential information and protect your business against prosecution, it can be difficult to fathom which laws apply to your organisation when it comes to secure file transfer.

To complicate matters further, legislation varies between continents, in the US even between states!!  As a result, we have put together a succinct guide detailing some of the most high-profile legislation governing the US and UK in terms of secure file transfer, including some standards that are recognised internationally.  These include acts such as The Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), Gramm-Leach-Bliley and The Data Protection Act, as well as industry standards like FIPS and ISO 27001.

Data Protection Act

Unfortunately it doesn’t end there.  Once an organisation has established which legislation applies to their business, they then have to make sure that their systems and procedures are actually compliant!  Thankfully, accompanying the majority of legislation is compliance testing – a sure-fire way to guarantee investment in technology and solutions that meet the secure file transfer requirements stipulated by government.

If you would like to discuss security compliance in terms of secure file transfer solutions, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we are happy to provide advice and support.

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