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SSH and SDS Deliver Secure File Transfer Solution for IBM

SSH Communications Security has announced a partnership with Software Diversified Services wherein SDS will distribute and support a bundled solution combining SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS and the SDS FTP Manager (SFM) product to provide a comprehensive encryption and secure File Transfer Protocol automation solution.

SSH and SDS are collaborating to provide a complete and easy-to-implement security solution for IBM z/OS mainframe-centric file transfers with a wide range of enterprise platforms. Working together, the SFM and SSH Tectia products will provide snap-in SSH protocol-based encryption and security for FTP, to and from IBM z/OS mainframes. The solution requires no changes to Job Control Language (JCL) jobs, data files or application infrastructure.

SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS is an advanced, cost-effective, secure file transfer and secure data-in-transit solution for IBM z/OS mainframe environments. It provides transparent FTP tunneling and automatic FTP to SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) conversion for fast, low-cost replacement of unsecure FTP in enterprise networks. Offering state-of-the-art encryption and authentication technologies, it allows enterprises to quickly and easily secure file transfers and data-in-transit between IBM mainframe, Windows, Unix, and Linux systems.

SFM enables real-time monitoring of IBM z/OS mainframe batch file transfers, automates FTP processes, secures individual FTP commands, and provides comprehensive audit trails to ensure basic compliance with key government regulations. In addition, SFM provides the FTP Control Language (FCL) for IBM mainframe batch jobs to log and retry failed transfers, while also notifying the attending operator when automated recovery fails. Through the SSH and SDS collaboration, programmers will no longer need to alter the JCL code to encrypt a file transfer.

Together, the SSH Tectia and SFM solutions increase the level of security for enterprises conducting batch file transfers on the mainframe by combining robust data security with advanced monitoring and management functionality. SSH Tectia ensures that file transfers being monitored by SFM are no longer vulnerable to malicious threats. SFM further addresses FTP security shortcomings by integrating the z/OS FTP server with mainframe System Authorization Facility (SAF) security (RACF, ACF2, or Top Secret). SFM version 2.0, due for release in mid-summer, will seamlessly connect an IBM FTP client on z/OS to the SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS product to enable its advanced security and encryption technologies.

The additional layer of security from SSH Tectia enables SFM users to meet more stringent data security standards as required by government and industry regulations, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). SFM's robust monitoring and auditing of SFTP and Secure Copy (SCP) file transfers -- the secure protocols used by SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS -- will provide powerful oversight, diagnostics and proof of regulatory compliance.

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