The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

HIPAA is the abbreviation of ‘The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’. It is a US federal law governing the protection and privacy of sensitive, patient health care information. Proposed in 1996 by Congress, HIPAA was finally brought into enforcement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in 2001. The objective of HIPAA[..]


TLS (“Transport Layer Security”) is the modern version of SSL and is used to secure TCP sockets.  TLS is specified in RFC 2246 (version 1.0), RFC 4346 (version 1.1) and RFC 5246 (version 1.2).  When people talk about connections “secured with SSL”, today TLS is the technology that’s really used instead of older editions of[..]

Transformation Engine

A translation engine is software that performs the work defined in individual transformation maps. The transformation engines that power transformation maps are typically defined as “single-pass” or “multiple-pass” engines.  Single-pass engines are faster than multiple-pass engines because documents are directly translated from source formats to destination formats, but single-pass engines often require more manual setup[..]

Transformation Map

A transformation map (or just “map”) provides a standardised way to transform one document format into another through the use of pre-defined document definitions. A single transformation map typically encompasses separate source and destination document definitions, a field-by-field “mapping” from the source document to the destination, and metadata such as the name of the map,[..]

Translation Engine

In file transfer, a “translation engine” is a common name for a “transformation engine” that converts documents from one document definition to another through “transformation maps“. See “transformation engine” for more information.

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) is one of the two core protocols used in Data Communications, the second core protocol being IP. Part of the Internet Protocol Suite (often referred to as TCP/IP), TCP is a transport layer responsible for higher-level operations. It provides reliable, ordered delivery of data packets between two locations and can also[..]

Transmission Window

A transmission window is a window of time in which certain file transfers are expected or allowed to occur. Transmission windows typically reoccur on a regular basis, such as every day, on all weekdays, on a particular day of the week, or on the first or last day of the month or quarter. Most transmission[..]

Trigger File

A “trigger file” is a common type of control file used to initiate further processing or retransmission.  Trigger files are typically created by the same application that original sends files into a file transfer system. The two most common types of trigger files are files with similar names to the files that need to be[..]

Triple DES

3DES (also “Triple DES”) is an open encryption standard that offers strong encryption at 112-bit and 168-bit strengths. 3DES is a symmetric encryption algorithm often used today to secure data in motion in both SSH and SSL/TLS.  (After asymmetric key exchange is used perform the handshake in a SSH or SSL/TLS sessions, data is actually[..]