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Sterling Commerce business-to-business solution certifications assure secure data and file encryption and exchange

Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) subsidiary, today announced that the company’s business-to-business (B2B), electronic application integration (EAI) and managed file transfer (MFT) solutions have received industry certifications for cryptography and secure file transfer. The secure movement of data and files within a company, and between a company and its suppliers and customers, is essential to protecting corporate data and reputation. As the amount of information that companies are able to exchange continues to grow exponentially, these third-party-validated certifications further exemplify the company’s commitment in assuring the highest levels of security standards.

Sterling Commerce solutions were awarded:
• Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS) 140-2 (Level 1) validation, a requirement for any cryptographic module that will be used by a U.S. government department or agency.

• Drummond Certification™ AS3-1Q07 (Applicability Statement 3), a requirement that provides security, reliable delivery, receipt validation and interoperability for applications that communicate files and documents over the Internet using file transfer protocol (FTP).

“Sterling Commerce is a global industry leader in providing support for industry and technology standards to its customers. Security standards are particularly important for customers such as the U.S. government, banks and other financial institutions, retailers, or any company in any industry who has concerns for data privacy laws and their organisation's reputation,” said Chris Johnson, vice president, Integration Suite product line for Sterling Commerce. “Customers can rely on our 30-plus years of experience in enabling secure communication and integration between enterprises, and our commitment to providing up-to-date certifications for important security standards.”

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created the FIPS guidelines to provide stringent third-party assurance of security claims on any product containing cryptography that may be purchased by a government agency. Many security-conscious communities, such as government departments and agencies, have mandated that only products that meet the FIPS-140-standard can be used. The following Sterling Commerce solutions use a cryptographic module that has been awarded the FIPS 140-2 Validation: Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules:

• Gentran Integration Suite™(GIS), a flexible integration platform that creates unprecedented visibility and control over collaborative customer/partner processes;
• Connect:Direct®, a point-to-point file transfer software optimised for high-volume, secure, assured delivery of files within and among enterprises,
• Connect:Direct Secure+, a configurable authentication and encryption solution for Connect:Direct, and

The AS3 standard extends the electronic data interchange-Internet (EDI-INT) series of standards by defining a vendor-neutral managed file transfer standard based on file transfer protocol (FTP), primarily intended for use with files or documents too large to be reliably delivered by the AS2 standard, a separate messaging standard for B2B e-commerce. Sterling Commerce solutions awarded the Drummond Certification AS3-1Q07 (Applicability Statement 3; AS3) include GIS and Sterling Multi-Enterprise Finance Gateway (MEFG). MEFG is an integration platform based on GIS that enables financial services institutions to address a wide variety of bank-to-bank, bank-to-corporate and application integration challenges with a single, secure, highly-scalable solution framework.

Sterling Commerce best-of-breed, service-oriented architecture (SOA)-based B2B, EAI and MFT solutions integrate processes inside and outside the four walls of the enterprise so customers can connect with their business communities. These Sterling Commerce integration solutions support global industry standards, any-to-any data translation, rules-based routing, trading partner on-boarding and real-time visibility.