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What is a Digital Signature?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 06:38 PM


Overview

Digital signatures help enforce security during data transfers. They're mainly responsible for establishing authentication, data integrity, and non-repudiation. Today, we'll be talking about the basic concepts behind digital signatures, where they're used, how they work, and why they're always an integral part of highly secure file transfers.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Secure File Transfer, SFTP, FTPS, AS2

Understanding Hashing

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 @ 12:53 PM


Overview

Hashes are essential to secure file transfers. You can find them in operations involving passwords, file integrity checks, digital signatures, digital certificate thumbprints or fingerprints, and others. But what are hashes? In this post, we'll introduce you to hashes, the concept of hashing, and its applications in various areas of security.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Secure File Transfer, FTPS

Symmetric vs Asymmetric Encryption

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sun, Mar 15, 2015 @ 02:35 AM

Overview

Secure file transfer protocols generally employ a combination of symmetric and asymmetric encryption to preserve the confidentiality of data while in transit. So why the need for two kinds of encryption? In this post, we take a closer look at the main functions of symmetric and asymmetric encryption, their strengths, their weaknesses, and why we'd prefer having both.

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Topics: Security, File Transfer Clients, OpenPGP, SFTP, FTPS

What Is WebDAV?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sat, Mar 14, 2015 @ 05:36 AM


Overview

Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning or WebDAV is a protocol whose basic functionality includes enabling users to share, copy, move and edit files through a web server. It can also be used to support collaborative applications with features like file locking and revision tracking. This blog post will introduce you to the basic functions of WebDAV, its similarities and differences with FTP and other file transfer protocols, and a few examples showing what you can do with it.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, AnyClient

How To Delete Old Files From Your Server

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Tue, Mar 03, 2015 @ 08:47 PM


Overview

Here's another task many customers want to automate on their SFTP, FTPS, or FTP server. They want their server to monitor certain directories and delete old files found there as soon as the files have reached a certain age. In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to automatically delete old files from JSCAPE MFT Server using triggers. These instructions apply irrespective of the file transfer protocol you activate on the server, so if you think this is something you can use, feel free to read along.


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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Business Process Automation

What Is TFTP?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sun, Mar 01, 2015 @ 09:12 PM


Overview

Like its more popular and more versatile cousin, FTP, TFTP or Trivial File Transfer Protocol is also a protocol for transferring files. However, it's targeted at certain tasks. In this post, you'll learn about the basic properties of TFTP, where it's commonly used, its vulnerabilities, how it differs from FTP, and other essential information about it.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer

How To Get An Email Each Time An Admin Account Logs In To Your Server

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 03:42 AM


Overview

A compromised file transfer server admin user account is always a huge problem. In the hands of a person with malicious intentions, a user account with administrative privileges can turn into a massive data breach. Thus, there may be cases when you'll want to be notified whenever an admin gains access to your system. If the login looks suspicious, you'll still have time to take appropriate action. In this post, I'll show you how to configure JSCAPE MFT Server so that it can automatically send an email to anyone who needs to know each time an admin logs in. 

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Secure File Transfer, Triggers

It's Time To Disable All SSL

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sun, Feb 22, 2015 @ 04:27 AM

Earlier this month, the PCI SSC (Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council) published a bulletin on impending revisions to PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) and PA DSS (Payment Application Data Security Standard). The bulletin focused on SSL's failure to meet PCI SSC's definition of "strong cryptography" and the move to revise the two standards in light of this development.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Secure File Transfer

Using Regular Expressions To Download Files With Date Formats In Their Filenames

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 @ 03:28 AM


Overview

Some of the most common download-related questions people ask at our help desk are probably those that have to do with filenames that have dates on them. I encountered another one yesterday, so I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about the subject and build on it as I encounter different solutions along the way. Who knows? Some of you folks out there might find it useful. Better yet, you might be able to contribute your own expressions so that we can all benefit from them. Sounds like a plan? Let's get this ball rolling.

Still new to regular expressions? Check out these articles first:

Using Regular Expressions in Triggers - Part 1

Exploring Regular Expressions in DLP

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Business Process Automation, regular expressions

OFTP (Odette File Transfer Protocol) - Simplified

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 09:30 PM


Overview

A couple of days ago, we released JSCAPE MFT Server version 9.1. Although technically a minor release, 9.1's actually accompanied by several new features that we, in the JSCAPE team, are quite excited about. One of those features is OFTP or the Odette File Transfer Protocol. In the succeeding sections I'm going to explain to you what it is and why, if your business is involved in data interchange, it's something you might find very useful.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Business Process Automation, AS2

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What is a Digital Signature?
Understanding Hashing
Symmetric vs Asymmetric Encryption
What Is WebDAV?