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SSH Communications Security Corp. (HEX:SSH1V), a world-leading provider of enterprise security solutions and end-to-end communications security, and the original developer of the Secure Shell protocol, today announced new SSH Tectia product versions that allow easy, transparent replacement of plaintext FTP (File Transfer Protocol) connections with secure file transfers to help meet the data security requirements of SOX 404, PCI Data Security Standard, and other regulations.

Being readily available in most operating systems, FTP is commonly used to implement automated file transfers, for purposes such as backing up mission-critical data, between enterprise servers in heterogeneous IT environments. However, FTP is accompanied by major security risks. It sends passwords and file content in plaintext format, exposing the data to eavesdropping and other network attacks during transmission over TCP/IP networks. New and challenging regulations, stricter auditor requirements, and the increasing number of attacks are driving enterprises to implement a secure replacement for FTP.

The new SSH Tectia client/server solution's version 5.1 introduces an FTP-SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) Conversion Module that allows easy deployment of secure file transfers without the need to modify existing scripts or applications that use FTP for automated file transfers. This new Conversion Module, deployed client-side, detects plaintext FTP connections and transparently converts FTP to SFTP according to the security policy configuration, ensuring the confidentiality, authenticity, and integrity of the transferred data.

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