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CipherCloud Encrypts Cloud Databases

CipherCloud, which is looking to change the conversation about cloud security via its cloud encryption gateway technology, expanded its product portfolio. CipherCloud Database Gateway encrypts data at rest for cloud-based database systems -- including IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS products -- in a straightforward way without costly, complex, application, schema or database infrastructure changes.

This is good news for the likes of Amazon RDS, Microsoft SQL Azure, Oracle Database Cloud Service, and database.com, in addition to what CipherCloud calls "millions of existing private cloud and behind-the-firewall database installations of Oracle Database, Microsoft, SQL Server, and MySQL."

Simplicity in the complex world of encryption is CipherCloud's calling card, as the company claims enterprises can now eliminate the data privacy, residency, compliance and security barriers to moving enterprise production databases to the cloud. For app developers, business analysts, database and system admins, CipherCloud says it's as easy as simply specifying database columns and rows to be encrypted of tokenized -- no app, cloud, database or infrastructure changes are called for.

"Before CipherCloud Database Cloud Gateway, cloud database encryption required changing infrastructure, relying on a cloud service provider, or spending an extensive amount of money on custom development," the company says. "These options left database encryption keys in the hands of the cloud provider or other organizations, thus failing to meet data privacy, residency, and compliance requirements of regulators and auditors."

Gartner says that currently less than one percent of enterprises use cloud encryption gateways, but by 2016, that number will jump to 25 percent.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 10/01/2012 at 12:48 PM


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