Vormetric And Rackspace Partner To Offer Encryption Services On Rackspace Cloud

Rackspace has partnered with San Jose-based Vormetric to deliver encryption solutions for the Rackspace cloud via Vormetric’s Transparent Encryption Solution. Vormetric’s Transparent Encryption provides encryption at rest solutions for Rackspace’s managed cloud offerings without compromising the performance of the encrypted infrastructure. Rackspace joins the Vormetric Cloud Partner Program and offers its customers encryption and key management services that not only bolster cloud data security, but also facilitate the achievement of compliance regulations that require encryption. With Vormetric, Rackspace customers can maintain control of the encryption keys, implement advanced role based access and receive notifications that suggest whether a security breach is in progress. Rackspace’s inclusion in the Vormetric Cloud Partner Program further consolidates the positioning of Vormetric as a leader in the cloud data security space. Other participants in Vormetric’s Cloud Partner Program include Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and Virtustream.


CipherCloud Releases Cloud Discovery To Enable Enterprises To Detect Cloud Application Usage

This week, CipherCloud announced the availability of Cloud Discovery, a product that gives enterprises insight into the set of cloud applications used by their employees. In addition to enumerating the cloud applications that employees use, Cloud Discovery provides customers with a risk score associated with each of the cloud applications used by its employees. Based on over 10 variables, the risk score identifies the degree of security associated with each cloud platform toward the end of identifying cloud applications that pose a security threat to the company’s IT infrastructure and data. The screenshot below illustrates a sample Cloud Discovery dashboard as follows:

Conceived as an expansion of its Discover, Protect and Monitor platform, Cloud Discovery constitutes a free product offering from CipherCloud that extends the ability of the “Discover, Protect and Monitor” platform to identify potential security threats before they morph into more significant security breaches. The Discover, Protect and Monitor platform provides customers with analytics that alert them to uses of their platform that may suggest security threats such as aberrant usage patterns as represented by application usage, unusually high data flows or suspicious alterations to existing security protocols and permissions. Cloud Discovery empowers IT administrators to perform early stage analysis of the range of cloud applications used by employees by detecting usage of any applications by means of the analysis of log and machine data in collaboration with Splunk, the machine data analytics company that went public in April 2012. Overall, Cloud Discovery constitutes yet another enhancement and key differentiator for the CipherCloud platform that, as part of its Discover, Protect and Monitor product offering, delivers cloud analytics alongside CipherCloud’s core encryption product. With the release of Cloud Discovery, CipherCloud continues to sharpen its branding and value proposition as an integrated cloud security platform as opposed to a pure encryption play, which renders the company even more appealing for customers and investors, particularly given the intensity of contemporary concerns about potential security breaches associated with using cloud-based service providers and applications.

Zettaset Extends Hadoop Encryption To Data-In-Motion

Building upon its November announcement regarding Zettaset Orchestrator’s support for the encryption of Hadoop data at rest, Zettaset today announced the Orchestrator platform’s support for the encryption of data in motion. The addition of encryption in motion functionality to the Zettaset platform enables encryption of connections between nodes within a Hadoop cluster, all interfaces to the Orchestrator management console, connectors to business intelligence platforms and all communication links more generally. Zettaset Orchestrator’s support of data-in-motion encryption positions the platform to provide encryption to cloud-based Hadoop deployments on platforms such as Amazon Web Services Elastic MapReduce (EMR), or Hadoop as a Service solutions offered by vendors such as Qubole and Xplenty.

Zettaset delivers an enterprise-grade Big Data management platform that specializes in security, high availability and performance as illustrated by the graphic below:

The platform supports high availability by means of automated failover services. Moreover, Zettaset Orchestrator offers activity monitoring for compliance and auditing purposes, role based access control for HiveServer2 and HDFS, and integration with Active Directory and LDAP as revealed by CEO Jim Vogt in an interview with Cloud Computing Today. Compatible with all major Hadoop distributions, Zettaset aims to deliver encryption as part of a broader security package that also features identity management and access control in ways that facilitate compliance with regulatory frameworks such as HIPAA and PCI. Today’s announcement about the platform’s support for data-in-motion encryption positions the Mountain View-based company to compete in the hotly contested cloud encryption space. Unlike the likes of cloud encryption vendors CipherCloud and Vaultive, however, Zettaset’s combination of commitments to high availability and integrated product security renders it unique within the Hadoop management and security space. As more and more enterprises tackle the challenges of operationalizing Big Data, expect Zettaset’s data-at-rest and data-in-motion encryption functionality to propel an intensification of its early traction within the healthcare and financial services verticals as customers increasingly seek a turnkey Big Data management platform that manages Hadoop encryption, access, compliance reporting and availability.