AD

AD (pronounced “ay, dee”) is an abbreviation for Microsoft Active Directory, a very common external authentication system used in the file transfer industry to centralise authentication, user account information and access control. See “Active Directory” for more information.

Ad-Hoc File Transfer

The term “ad hoc” or “person to person” file transfer is better described as someone wanting to send a file to another person, generally on a ‘one-off’ basis. To elaborate, let’s set the scene. It’s 5.30 pm on a Friday afternoon. You have been working on a really important proposal for a new client that’s[..]

AES

AES (“Advanced Encryption Standard”) is an open encryption standard that offers fast encryption at 128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit strengths. AES is a symmetric encryption algorithm often used today to secure data in motion in both SSH and SSL/TLS.  (After a symmetric key exchange is used to perform the handshake in an SSH or SSL/TLS session,[..]

AndFTP

AndFTP is a free, full-featured, interactive FTP client for Android smartphones and devices.   It was created by Lysesoft, a company specialising in Android phone file transfer client development. AndFTP offers support for FTP, FTPS, SFTP and can remember a large number of connection profiles.  FireFTP does not yet (as of version 2.4) support integrity checks[..]

ANSI X.9

ANSI X.9 (or “ANSI/X.9”) is a group of standards commonly used with bulk data transmissions in item processing and Fed transfers. An example of an ANSI X.9 standard is “ANSI X9.100-182-2011” which covers how XML can be used to deliver bulk data and images. Published ANSI standards may include some technical artifacts such as XML[..]

AS1

AS1 (“Applicability Statement 1”) is an SMIME-based transfer protocol that uses plain old email protocols (such as SMTP and POP3) to transmit files with end-to-end encryption and guaranteed delivery/non-repudiation (when MDNs are in use). End-to-end encryption is accomplished through the use of asymmetric encryption keyed with the public and private parts of properly exchanged X.509[..]

AS2

AS2 (“Applicability Statement 2”) is an SMIME-based transfer protocol that uses HTTP/S to transmit files with end-to-end encryption and guaranteed delivery/non-repudiation (when MDNs are in use). There are two main reasons that AS2-based transmission systems are unpopular unless specifically requested by particular partners are complexity and cost. In terms of complexity, AS2 configurations can involve[..]

AS2 Optional Profiles

AS2 optional profiles (also “optional AS2 profiles”) are features built into the AS2 protocol but not used by every Drummond certified vendor.  However, the Drummond Group does validate seven different optional profiles (nine total) and these are briefly covered below. Certificate Exchange Messaging (CEM) – A standard way of exchanging certificates and information about how[..]

AS3

AS3 (“Applicability Standard 3”) is an SMIME-based transfer protocol that uses FTP/S to transmit files with end-to-end encryption and guaranteed delivery/non-repudiation (when MDNs are in use). AS3 is an unpopular implementation of the AS2 protocol.  Many vendors successfully sell software that supports AS2 but not AS1 or AS3.  However, AS3’s design as an FTP-based protocol[..]

Automated File Transfer

Automated file transfer is a term used to describe the programmatic movement of files. Typically automated business processes exist for system to system transfers either inside an organisation or between trading partners and are usually file based. Businesses usually look to adopt fully featured solutions to replace legacy scripts or unreliable manual processes reducing support[..]