PGP Encryption Support on FAST

Encryption

We are pleased to announce that we now support PGP encryption on our FAST automated system.

We have always supported file transfers over HTTPS as well as SFTP. This protects your data while in transit to us and is still in place on all file transfer systems.

To protect your data files you can go one step further and encrypt them using PGP. This works using public key cryptography.

Public key cryptography uses a two-part encryption key. There is a public key that can be freely distributed to anyone. In fact, you can get our public key here. Then there is a private key. This is the only key that can decrypt a message encrypted with a public key. This key is kept secret, and should never be distributed.

When you send us a file for processing you will encrypt it using our public key. This allows us to decrypt the file for processing. You will also include a copy of your public within the PGP zip file. Once we are done with the processing that you have requested we will use the public key that you have provided to create the return PGP encrypted file.

This allows you to rotate your public and private keys as you see necessary without having to worry about coordinating the key exchange with us. You just include your public key when you send each file and that’s the key we’ll make use of when encrypting your return file.

PGP can help add one more layer of protection to your sensitive data. We have worked to make this as easy as possible without impacting the current workflow of our FAST automated system. Feel free to give it a try today!

When submitting a file to our FAST system, the file name must end in “.fast.pgp”. We will consider the portion of the PGP file name before the first period to be your PO number. When including your public key within your FAST file it must have a “.asc” file extension to ensure we know which file is your PGP public key. Your return file will be called “YourPOnumber-output.pgp”.

As always if you have any questions please let us know. We’re happy to help!

 

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