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How To Address the IT Skills Gap In The Manufacturing Industry

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sat, Aug 03, 2019 @ 07:45 PM

While the IT skills gap is sometimes exaggerated, there are some industries where the tech talent shortage is really a major issue. One of those industries is manufacturing. Despite growing adoption of advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, analytics, robotics and automation, which are often perceived to eliminate jobs, manufacturers are actually faced with a widening skills gap. Meaning, there are actually more jobs to fill. 

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

Excluding Passive IP for Internal FTP/S Connections To Your Reverse Proxy

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Wed, Jul 17, 2019 @ 10:55 PM

[Last updated July 17, 2019] Last time, we tackled the problem system administrators encounter when their passive FTP or FTPS connections have to pass through a NAT firewall or router. A similar problem can happen when you're dealing with the same type of connections and a reverse proxy. It gets even more complicated when you have to deal with both external and internal users. Let me show you how to deal with that.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Gateway, Tutorials, FTPS, FTP, Reverse Proxy

Setting Up An FTPS Server Behind A Firewall or NAT For PASV Mode Data Transfers

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Wed, Jul 17, 2019 @ 08:55 PM

[Last updated on July 17, 2019] It’s never easy to set up an FTP server the moment firewalls get involved. But it gets even more difficult once you start using the secure version of FTP, known as FTPS. In this post, we’ll talk about the problem you’ll usually encounter when your FTPS server is behind a firewall and your client is attempting to perform a file transfer using passive mode or PASV.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Secure File Transfer, FTPS, FTP

What Is The FTP/S EPSV Command and When Do You Use It?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sat, Jun 29, 2019 @ 09:36 AM

EPSV is a command issued by an FTP/S client to signal the server that it wishes to enter into what is known as Extended Passive Mode. But what is Extended Passive Mode and when is it appropriate to use EPSV? Let’s find out.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, FTPS, FTP

Using A Remote FTP/S Service As Network Storage For Your MFT Server

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sun, Jun 23, 2019 @ 11:00 PM

JSCAPE MFT Server's Network Storage module (formerly known as Reverse Proxy) makes it possible to extend the storage of your managed file transfer server to various remote services and storage solutions like SFTP servers, Samba shares, Amazon S3 buckets, Azure Files folders, and many others. This can come in handy when your MFT Server machine has limited storage capacity or if you simply want to store certain user files in another place. One of the supported remote services is FTP/S. If you have an FTP or FTPS server with lots of free storage space and you want to use that as a network storage for your MFT Server, you might want to read this tutorial.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Tutorials, Secure File Transfer, FTPS

What is FIPS Compliance & Should I Enable it for File Transfers?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Mon, Dec 31, 2018 @ 01:16 AM

JSCAPE MFT Server encrypted file transfer protocols like SFTP and those secured through TLS (e.g. HTTPS, FTPS, AS2, OFTP, and WebDAVS) can be configured for FIPS compliance. Since this is a function that isn't switched on by default, you might wonder if it's necessary to enable it at all. 

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Compliance, Secure File Transfer, SFTP, FTPS

Choosing Between SSL Implicit, Explicit, and Forced Explicit Modes

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Sun, Nov 04, 2018 @ 09:07 PM

Overview

There will be times when you'll want to transfer files over a secure connection. One option is to use FTPS (FTP over SSL) which provides data-in-motion encryption through SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). When you setup an FTPS service in JSCAPE MFT Server, you'll notice that you actually have 3 modes to choose from explicit SSL, forced explicit SSL and implicit SSL.

This post was originally published on May 6, 2012 but was updated and republished on November 4, 2018.

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Secure File Transfer, FTPS, FTP

An Introduction To Cipher Suites | SSL/TSL Cipher Suites Explained

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Wed, May 16, 2018 @ 11:26 PM

The security of any SSL/TLS-protected connection largely depends on the client and server's choice of cipher suites. But what are cipher suites? If you use file transfer protocols like HTTPS, FTPS, and AS2 but don't know what cipher suites are, you will want to read this post.

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Topics: Security, Secure File Transfer, FTPS

Should We Start Using 4096 bit RSA keys?

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Fri, Nov 24, 2017 @ 12:32 AM

Theoretically, RSA keys that are 2048 bits long should be good until 2030. If so, isn't it a bit early to start using the 4096-bit keys that have become increasingly available in encryption-enabled applications? It depends.

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

Video: Setting Up An FTPS Server

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

This video tutorial demonstrates how to set up an FTPS Server using JSCAPE MFT Server

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Topics: JSCAPE MFT Server, Managed File Transfer, Videos, Tutorials, Secure File Transfer, FTPS