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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.3

WinSock File Transfer Protocol (WS_FTP)
WinSock File Transfer Protocol (WS_FTP) Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: WinSock File Transfer Protocol (WS_FTP) is a client based application that provides secure file transfer capabilities. It can be integrated into the user`s browser and transfers files over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/File Transfer Protocol Secure (FTPS) and Secure Shell (SSH)/Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) protocols. Security is provided through 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), encryption, FIPS 140-2 validated cryptography, and OpenPGP file encryption. It has built-in capabilities such as email notification, backup, synchronization, compression, post-transfer events, and scheduling of transfers.

Note: WS_FTP has a Professional and light edition. The light edition (WS_FTP LE) is free, while the Professional edition is fee-based and includes additional security and productivity features. This assessment is for the Professional edition.
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v22.8
Decision Date: 08/17/2022 at 19:38:55 UTC
Aliases: Ipswitch WS_FTP
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Progress
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (08/17/2022 at 19:38:55 UTC).