New VitalSigns for FTP Software Addresses FTP Security Issues

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FTP is Biggest Threat to Many Companies' z/OS Data Infrastructure: New Software Provides Control, Tracking, and Security -- without having to edit existing mainframe batch jobs.

VitalSigns for FTP provides easy, seamless, transparent migration from FTP to secure SFTP -- without having to edit existing mainframe batch jobs.

As FTP data traffic continues to grow, so does the ongoing challenge of monitoring and securing it. Safe file transfer for the IBM z/OS platform has long been available from VitalSigns for FTP, a product of Software Diversified Services (SDS). The newest version, released in September 2011, VFTP 3.0, offers new collaboration with other file transfer tools, and best-in-class security, automation and customizable control.

"With the U.S. Computer Readiness Team identifying hundreds of FTP-related security issues, IT departments understand that FTP lacks important security safeguards and provides no clear audit trail," said Jim Lampi, vice president at SDS. "VitalSigns for FTP addresses these issues and provides the security, automation, and monitoring that companies of all sizes need."

VFTP monitors and secures data transfers passing through z/OS FTP servers and clients while providing a seamless and transparent conversion from FTP to SFTP. VFTP 3.0 also monitors and secures transfers through two other data transfer tools: Clients and servers using IBM Ported Tools OpenSSH 1.2, and Tectia(TM) clients and servers.

VFTP thoroughly monitors compliance with security policies and regulations. VFTP 3.0 can alert administrators to any file transfer that exceeds a specified size. It can also stop those transfers.

In addition to vital FTP security, VitalSigns for FTP offers network-wide visibility, allowing companies to track the complete ins and outs of their FTP traffic. It provides real-time notification when FTP jobs fail, tracking and logging of all FTP file transfers, reporting of top-10 FTP users, jobs, file sizes, and more.

In particular, VitalSigns for FTP provides:

  • Easy, seamless, transparent migration from FTP to secure SFTP--without editing batch jobs;
  • Graphic dashboard charts to illustrate FTP and SFTP activity in immediate real-time;
  • Comprehensive and flexible workload monitoring and management to cover all business needs as well as rapid troubleshooting;
  • Easy-to-use, robust controls over the configuration and behavior of z/OS FTP clients;
  • Thorough audit capabilities for compliance and security.

About Software Diversified Services

Founded in 1982, Software Diversified Services (SDS) is a Minnesota-based company that provides business software solutions to hundreds of customers worldwide, including many Global 500 companies. Current customers represent industries including banking, finance, insurance, retail and government. Rated No. 1 by the prestigious IBEX Bulletin, SDS is noted for its industry-leading software, documentation and technical support. For more information on Software Diversified Services and VitalSigns Detective fraud detection software, please visit


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