Telnet is a networking protocol that provides two-way communication for computers across different networks. Telnet was developed over 50 years ago, and has always remained simple and easy to use. Telnet transmits data using clear-text, which is the same language that barcode scanners use. This makes Telnet a simple and clear solution for barcode environments.

Telnet on its own does not contain any type of encryption. Many companies require or desire a secure data transfer option, while wanting to maintain the simple and easy-to-use Telnet platform. There are a few different options regarding security, to ensure that your data is transmitted securely. The first is SSH Encryption, and the second is FIPS 140-2 Encryption.

 

SSH Encryption:

For users who are transmitting sensitive data, the SSH Server upgrade is available for encrypted data exchange. SSH is the solution when secure remote access is required, yet the configuration needs to be simple. Some other security solutions (not SSH) require administration that is so complex and lengthy that many businesses are either unprepared for the technical challenge, or not able to spend the required time for proper implementation and continued maintenance.

The GSW SSH Server offers very strong end-to-end encryption for all data. This includes the authentication and data stream. If you are looking for a secure option to transfer data on the Telnet platform, SSH Encryption is the best route to go.

 

FIPS 140-2 Encryption

Georgia SoftWorks, under contract with the US Military, developed a Federal Information Processing Standards Publication (FIPS) 140-2 compliant option to meet their requirements.  It is available and may be purchased for the GSW SSH Server. This standard specifies the security requirements that will be satisfied by a cryptographic module utilized within a security system protecting sensitive or valuable data. This option is available to Federal agencies, including the US Military. It may also be purchased by other organizations such as state governments, educational and research institutions, commercial businesses and other entities with the need or desire to comply with this security requirement for cryptographic modules standard. If you need extreme security for your data transfer, the FIPS 140-2 encryption option is the best route to go.