Attachmate Enhances Secure File Transfer Product

Attachmate Corporation has announced Reflection for Secure IT version 7.1, a family of Secure Shell clients and servers for Windows and Unix optimized for secure file transfer and remote system administration.

Reflection for Secure IT version 7.1 is intended to help organizations exchange files with business partners and customers in a safe environment, as well as meet regulatory compliance updates regarding secure file transfers, the vendor says. "The Reflection for Secure IT product line covers four products," Sam Morris, product marketing manager for Attachmate, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "There is a Windows Secure Shell server, a Windows client, Unix server, and Unix client products. The server product includes the clients as well when it is the Unix server product. What we have done is release new versions of all four of those products in this release."

Reflection provides enhanced features for granular access control, detailed activity logging and improved support for resuming failed transfers. "We have really allowed administrators to 'granularize' the access control," Morris explains. Additionally, all Reflection for Secure IT products now include Attachmate's latest FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic module, enabling organizations to protect data in motion with strong encryption. "We have generated an update to our cryptographic module," Morris notes. "We are now at a version 2.0.40 which we have taken through the FIPS validation process and have a certificate 1027."

Reflection also is designed to ease the administrative burdens of managing user and host authentication through support for centralized authentication services, according to Attachmate. With product-wide support for leading authentication technologies including RADIUS and RSA SecurID, the latest version also offers the Reflection Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Services Manager, providing centralized configuration and management of PKI functionality across multiple Reflection for Secure IT Windows and Unix servers.

The compelling use case for Secure Shell servers is around secure file transfer, says Morris. "We see organizations that have standardized on SSH on their Unix systems now needing a common protocol and a common scripting methodology for integrating their Windows servers into those Unix environments. SSH is becoming that common language or integration methodology between Windows servers and Unix servers. When we enhance our capabilities around secure file transfer for Windows servers, we are really helping organizations integrate their Unix systems and their Windows systems through file transfer." To evaluate Reflection for Secure IT version 7.1, go here.