This is Part 3 of a 3-part blog post showing how to set up a Linux FTP Server. Let's recap what we've accomplished so far. In Part 1, you learned how to install the JSCAPE MFT Server on a Linux server. Then in Part 2, you learned how to install its admin tool, known as the JSCAPE MFT Server Manager, on a Mac. Here in our last installment, we'll teach you how to activate an FTP service on your managed file transfer Linux server using that admin tool.
Managed File Transfer and Network Solutions
For those who landed on this page via the search engines, this post is a continuation of our article re Setting up a Linux FTP Server. I suggest you read Part 1 first if you haven't done that yet.
In this post, I'll show you how easy it is to set up a Linux FTP Server using JSCAPE MFT Server. One advantage of using a Java FTP server like JSCAPE MFT Server is that it can run on virtually any platform; be it Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. All you need is a Java installation and you can already provide fast and secure file transfer services.
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.
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.
While encryption keeps your file server data safe from prying eyes, it doesn’t provide any protection against viruses or trojans. To prevent existing files in your server from getting infected by malware that may be accompanying a newly uploaded file, you can configure JSCAPE MFT Server to work with antivirus software.
To prevent confidential data from leaking out of your organization, your DLP efforts may have to be aimed at two areas: data-at-rest and data-in-motion. In this post, we’ll talk about the former.