Sterling Commerce delivers new solution for secure internet-based file transfers

London - 9 April 2008

Sterling Commerce, an AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) subsidiary, today announced the availability of Sterling Secure ProxyTM, a security solution for managed file transfer (MFT) that sits outside a company’s firewall to protect file transfers with advanced security features such as multifactor authentication. By enforcing tighter security controls, Sterling Secure Proxy protects companies against theft or compromise of sensitive customer data as well as proprietary, financial data and intellectual property as it moves across the Internet into an organisation’s enterprise systems.

“With security of paramount concern, companies moving away from highly distributed, ad hoc file transfers to centrally managed file transfers must decide whether they want to expose MFT suites to the "outside world" says Frank Kenney from Gartner. He goes on to say: “Since the risk of exposing an MFT suite to the Internet is relatively high and would expose sensitive information, such as internal FTP IP addresses and application interfaces, to the public, most vendors offer a proxy server that extends the reach of an MFT server past the firewall into the DMZ”1.

The growth of the Internet and e-commerce and the increasing reliance on electronic payment systems, data mining and other information technologies has created a number of new and severe security threats. Providing perimeter security best practices, Sterling Secure Proxy enforces multiple layers of security for file transfer operations, including firewall navigation, secure socket layer (SSL) session breaks and multifactor authentication to protect against these threats. It facilitates audits by tracking the movement of files in transit, which provides a higher level of security and also helps meet compliance requirements.

“Organisations are exchanging increasing volumes of critical data with a growing number of partners, creating the need for a scalable solution that leverages their existing security infrastructure,” said Geoff Baird, vice president, Global Managed File Transfer for Sterling Commerce. “Sterling Secure Proxy provides advanced security with a defence-in-depth approach while leveraging more than 25 years of experience in managed file transfer, providing companies with the highest assurance that their mission-critical file transfers are secure.”

Sterling Secure Proxy is part of the Sterling Commerce Managed File Transfer suite of solutions. A growing number of organisations are investing in managed file transfer products to enhance or replace file transfer protocol (FTP). Sterling Commerce Managed File Transfer is the market-leading solution for managing file transfers of any size, volume or format securely and reliably. Sterling Commerce solutions are also used by organisations around the globe to ensure the delivery of data between enterprises in diverse industries to:
• Meet service level agreements (SLAs) and increase customer satisfaction by rapidly identifying and resolving file transfer problems
• Reach higher levels of performance and reliability to handle growth
• Increase customer retention and decrease liability by removing the security exposure for file-based transfers

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