Our customers asked, and we delivered some key new functions for our Transporter business appliances. Building on the previous major release featuring the Transporter Network Storage Connector, this latest rollout in Version 4.1 is packed with some highly requested features thanks to some valuable feedback from Transporter admins, all with the goal of keeping their organization’s data private while meeting compliance requirements when users share and access data. Along with the existing features for Org Admins, this latest release increases visibility and usability for department and IT managers in charge of small groups or large organizations.

Active Directory Integration
Transporter is now fully integrated with Active Directory (AD) using OneLogin as the first Identity Provider (IdP) with Okta following shortly, streamlining the login process and letting users take advantage of multi-factor authentication for added protection and security. Admins can add, remove, and change user profiles in AD and sync those changes right back to Transporter, and Org Users can sign into Transporter on the web portal or use Transporter apps with their existing AD credentials. AD also enables Transporter integration with additional business productivity solutions including the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) service, Google Apps, and Workday enterprise software.

When Active Directory is used on business appliances, busy Administrators save time and eliminate problems due to manual invites to share the company’s Transporters. This streamlined setup process makes it easier than ever for corporate department and IT managers to invite groups of individuals, departments, or even full organizations. By teaming with leading IdPs to provide single sign-on capabilities with AD server behind the firewall, Transporter authenticates with the AD server and mirrors its users and groups login credentials, and provisions or de-provisions users based on the AD database. It also creates user accounts and then sends an email to each user inviting them use their new Transporter account. Contact the Connected Data enterprise team to learn more about getting access to this free feature in your account.

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Audit Logs
Though most users have the best intentions when accessing, sharing, or editing company files, Admin capabilities for viewing user activities in order to reconstruct a series of events is necessary for keeping data safe within the organization and maintaining compliance with any industry regulations. Transporter now supports full audit logs, a key feature in highly regulated industries including legal, medical, and financial services. Events allow Admins to recreate a user’s activities by date and time along with the type of activity performed on a file (create, delete, edit, move, and rename). Audit Logs also track the path of the file down to the folder level. We even track the user’s device used for these activities. A second file can be pulled from web containing events related to sharing folders, links, downloads, and group membership.

For security reasons, Org Admins alone have the oversight to view and collect accessed data within the organization’s Transporter. If a typical Org User tries to get access they will be greeted with an additional authentication challenge when attempting to collect device logs. Other Org User devices are also tracked if associated with the organization.

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New in the Transporter Org Admin management website is a configurable setting to limit sharing between users in the same organization, removing the option of sharing folders and files with guest users outside of the company. Another new setting option makes all shared folders default to the Transporter Library location as opposed to the local Transporter folder, which helps save space on user devices with limited hard drive capacity. These new features will show up during the login and startup wizard for both admins and Org Users. What feature is most critical to your organization to make sure your users are staying compliant with how they share and access data from mobile devices? Let us know on Twitter!