Haven't yet found any compelling reason to deploy data security solutions like managed file transfer (MFT) and data loss prevention (DLP)? Looks like the European Union is about to give you one. If provisions in the leaked draft of the regulation for the new European Data Protection Directive get carried over into the final form of the law, EU companies as well as global companies who operate in EU-member states will have to improve IT security in order to comply with the regulation or risk incurring heavy penalties.
Managed File Transfer and Network Solutions
If you're a programmer, you've already learned dozens of TLA's (Three Letter Acronyms). If a phrase has four words, of course, we don't call the acronym an "FLA" because any civilian could understand that. We call it an ETLA (Extended Three Letter Acronym)! In the previous article, you saw how to use JSCAPE's Secure FTP Factory to safely transmit files using the fine ETLA FTPS. This time, we'll show you an even better way to transmit file safely using the even cooler ETLA SFTP. Being able to remember things like this is the mark of a professional programmer.
Topics: Secure FTP Factory
When two little kids want to exchange a secret, a lot of negotiation is necessary: "Promise you won't tell? Cross your heart and hope to die?". When a client and server computer want to exchange secrets, they need to negotiate too: public keys, encryption methods, ports and more. Fortunately, JSCAPE's Secure FTP Factory and server software (such as JSCAPE MFT Server) handle most of the details for you.
In part 1 of this article, you learned how to setup JSCAPE MFT Server so that it could run an Avast Antivirus autoscan on each newly uploaded file. Just like all antivirus programs, Avast! for Linux/Unix Servers can only be truly effective if its virus database is up-to-date.
Here's some philosophy to go with the Secure FTP Factory library. There are some things in life that you should never do unless you feel completely secure. One of them is withdrawing money from an ATM. You should do this only in a safe, well lit and preferably high traffic environment where you are unlikely to be robbed. Another is uploading or downloading files using plain FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
We all have our favorite antivirus software, so while some of you may have immediately applied what you learned from our tutorials on automatic virus scanning using Kaspersky Antivirus and ClamAV, others may have struggled to apply those tutorials to the antivirus software being used in their organization. That's why we've decided to add one more similar post for another popular antivirus.
In Part 1 of this article, you learned how to perform a basic automatic Kaspersky scan on a newly uploaded file. In that post, we only specified one argument for the kav4fs-control command, and that was the path of the file to scan.
Configuring JSCAPE MFT Server to auto-update Kaspersky database
In Part 1 of this article, you learned how to automate virus scanning on files uploaded with JSCAPE MFT Server using the Kaspersky Antivirus 8 for Linux File Server. But of course, we know very well that new viruses are created every hour. So, your Kaspersky antivirus database has to be updated if you want it to scan effectively.
Here in Part 2, we’ll teach you how to setup your JSCAPE MFT Server for automated updates. Basically, you’ll be setting up a regular schedule for those virus database updates.
Actually, Kaspersky Antivirus 8 for Linux File Server already comes with its own scheduling feature, which also allows a user to setup a scheduled update. It’s even possible to configure Kaspersky for automatic updates during the Initial Configuration process, which follows right after installation. If you enable automatic updates that way, Kaspersky will run automatic antivirus database updates every 30 minutes.
You can use those methods if you want. We’re just providing you with another option that can be carried out on your JSCAPE MFT Server Manager.
Last time, I introduced you to one method for securing data at rest and that was by deploying encrypted file systems. As promised, this post will focus on another method, known as PGP encryption. Although encrypted file systems provide a decent level of protection for your data, they have certain limitations.