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SFTPPlus to meet regulatory & corporate needs Print E-mail
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Source: Tim Adams - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Security SFTPPlus is immediately available as a method of secure file transfer to meet corporate and regulatory requirements - offering additional functionality to SFTP. It is expected to have widespread usage in all sectors including government, local authority, retail, financial etc.

The current choice of tools for SFTP transfers is very large, but generally these are designed for interactive use, and provide little in the way of automated operations or audit trail for the client.

To address this need we have launched a new product, SFTPPlus, which draws on extensive enterprise level experience to provide automation and auditing for SFTP clients.

More detailed technical information is available on request. We have trial software available and would offer our full support during any trial.

Secure file transfer using SSH plus additional audit & automation

SFTPPlus has been developed in close co-operation with a major insurance company (see also FSA data transfers below) to provide additional audit and management to open SFTP products in order to meet regulatory and corporate compliance requirements. It is a cost effective solution that may be installed at one side of the data transfer.

SFTPPlus is provided as a fully supported client for enterprises who wish to use the security of SSH with open standards together with additional audit and automation for enterprise file transfers. Transfers may be made to/from internal as well as third party external SFTP servers with NO requirement for additional software at the server side. A version of SFTPPlus for servers will be released in 2005 to enable both sides to have the same audit and control - if preferred.

Additional functionality and benefits include: SFTPPlus can easily be adapted and standard facilities include:

  • Automatic transfer to single or multiple destinations of any file.
  • Monitor an 'inbox' directory for a file, or wait for a triggering event.
  • Take a copy of the file and generate a checksum.
  • All actions audited
  • Alerts raised for specified conditions – including email
  • Option to retrieve a response file after a successful upload
  • Date and timestamp added to avoid duplicate names
  • Pre and post processing available for transfers
  • SFTPPlus runs as a service
  • All files archived with a date & time stamp.

Transferring data to the FSA using System to System Interface The Financial Service Authority (FSA) is in the process of implementing the interfaces for Transaction Reporting System (TRS) Product Sales Data (PSD) and Securities Trades Reporting (Markets) XML documents using the System to System Interface.

The FSA has not recommended any specific tools for this transfer, but has provided links to web resources which can be used to identify appropriate SFTP client tools.

The current choice of tools for SFTP transfers is very large, but generally these are designed for interactive use, and provide little in the way of automated operations or audit trail for the client.

To address this need, Pro:Atria Ltd have launched a new product, SFTPPlus, which draws on extensive enterprise level experience to provide automation and auditing for SFTP clients.

SFTPPlus provides an easily configured service, which will transfer files using SFTP to predefined destinations. It also has the ability to collect response files, with configurable names and time intervals.

With a combination of trusted open source tools and a flexible, configurable controlling service, SFTPPlus is ready for the FSA launch and adaptable for future requirements.

SFTPPlus has been designed specifically to meet the FSA requirements, and has sample configurations provided for both the FSA and Council for Mortgage Lending (CML) reporting environments. It is designed to be easily configured for future systems from these and other regulators as well as corporate requirements.

Trials Software available for supported trial on request.

Requirements & supported platforms
Windows NT/XP/2000/2003
Standard SSH SFTP
UNIX (HP, AIX, Solaris)
Linux (Red Hat, SUSE etc)

Roadmap includes:
SFTPPlus Server edition
Support for AS/400
OpenVMS
OS/390 and other platforms
Support for FTP and FTPS (FTP over SSL)
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