HELSINKI, Finland and WELLESLEY, Mass., June 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SSH Communications Security (OMX: 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 a partnership with Software Diversified Services (SDS), a leading supplier of TCP/IP monitoring and file transfer solutions for IBM z/OS mainframes, wherein SDS will distribute and support a bundled solution combining SSH Tectia(R) Server for IBM z/OS and the SDS FTP Manager (SFM) product to provide a comprehensive encryption and secure File Transfer Protocol (FTP) automation solution. SSH and SDS are collaborating to provide a complete and easy-to-implement security solution for IBM z/OS mainframe-centric file transfers with a wide range of enterprise platforms. Working together, the SFM and SSH Tectia products will provide near-effortless, snap-in SSH protocol-based encryption and security for FTP, to and from IBM z/OS mainframes. The solution requires no changes to Job Control Language (JCL) jobs, data files or application infrastructure. SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS is an advanced, cost-effective, secure file transfer and secure data-in-transit solution for IBM z/OS mainframe environments. It provides transparent FTP tunneling and automatic FTP to SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) conversion for fast, low-cost replacement of unsecure FTP in enterprise networks. Offering state-of-the-art encryption and authentication technologies, it allows enterprises to quickly and easily secure file transfers and data-in-transit between IBM mainframe, Windows, Unix, and Linux systems. SFM enables real-time monitoring of IBM z/OS mainframe batch file transfers, automates FTP processes, secures individual FTP commands, and provides comprehensive audit trails to ensure basic compliance with key government regulations. In addition, SFM provides the FTP Control Language (FCL) for IBM mainframe batch jobs to log and retry failed transfers, while also notifying the attending operator when automated recovery fails. Through the SSH and SDS collaboration, programmers will no longer need to alter the JCL code to encrypt a file transfer. Together, the SSH Tectia and SFM solutions increase the level of security for enterprises conducting batch file transfers on the mainframe by combining robust data security with advanced monitoring and management functionality. SSH Tectia ensures that file transfers being monitored by SFM are no longer vulnerable to malicious threats. SFM further addresses FTP security shortcomings by integrating the z/OS FTP server with mainframe System Authorization Facility (SAF) security (RACF, ACF2, or Top Secret). SFM version 2.0, due for release in mid-summer, will seamlessly connect an IBM FTP client on z/OS to the SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS product to enable its advanced security and encryption technologies. The additional layer of security from SSH Tectia enables SFM users to meet more stringent data security standards as required by government and industry regulations, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). SFM's robust monitoring and auditing of SFTP and Secure Copy (SCP) file transfers -- the secure protocols used by SSH Tectia Server for IBM z/OS -- will provide powerful oversight, diagnostics and proof of regulatory compliance. "Although FTP is a popular tool for enterprise data communications and z/OS mainframe networks, it is risky by nature," said Jim Lampi, vice president, SDS. "We are very excited to work with SSH to help our customers achieve a much higher level of data security, whether they use FTP or other approaches. SSH Tectia is the leading enterprise security solution for IBM z/OS and distributed hosts, and is an ideal complement to SFM." "SDS has established a strong reputation for its IBM mainframe TCP/IP monitoring and file transfer solutions, as well as superior technical support and documentation to meet demanding system requirements," said Arto Vainio, CEO, SSH Communications Security, Corp. "SSH Tectia will provide SFM users with data encryption and secure FTP tunneling capabilities to protect their business-critical information, making it a win-win situation for all." About SSH Tectia SSH Tectia is the leading end-to-end communications security solution for the enterprise. The SSH Tectia solution is based on the SSH Secure Shell and SSH's other industry-leading technologies used by millions worldwide. SSH Tectia enables secure file transfer, secure system administration and secure application connectivity with centralized management throughout internal and external networks. SSH Tectia products provide transparent, strong encryption and authentication, and are available for all key enterprise platforms including Windows, Unix, Linux, and mainframes to easily integrate into heterogeneous network environments. About Software Diversified Services Software Diversified Services (SDS), founded in 1982, is noted for the highest quality software, documentation and technical support in the business. SDS is a leading provider of enterprise software to over 1,500 users worldwide. For more than 20 years SDS has built a reputation for superior, affordable products and reliable technical support. For more information, a free white paper, or a live demonstration by Webcast, see http://www.sdsusa.com/sfm, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org About SSH Communications Security SSH Communications Security is a world-leading provider of enterprise security solutions and end-to-end communications security, and the original developer of the Secure Shell protocol. The company's SSH Tectia solution addresses the most critical needs of large enterprises, financial institutions and government agencies. With SSH Tectia, organizations can cost-effectively secure their system administration, file transfers and application connectivity against both internal and external security risks. As the original developer of the Secure Shell protocol and other key network security technologies, SSH has since 1995 developed end-to-end communications security solutions specifically for the enterprise. Currently more than 100 of Global Fortune 500 companies are using SSH security solutions. 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