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Cloud computing seeks safety in security fabric

Posted: 02 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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IT security specialist SafeNet Inc. has modified its encryption, authentication and virtualization security suites to run on cloud computers. The Belcamp, Maryland-based

company has also identified Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) as the first adopter of its cloud security fabric.

"SafeNet has been working to provide security as a shared responsibility between the cloud provider and customers," said Dean Ocampo, solutions strategy director at SafeNet. "Now users of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud can safeguard their data, as well as control user access with just as much security as they had with their in-house servers."

Supporting both VMware and Xen hypervisors, SafeNet's Trusted Cloud Fabric uses ProtectV encryption to secure virtual machines and storage.

Cloud computers allow users to rent virtual machines and storage. Unfortunately, sharing resources also opens business to extra security risks since resources are shared with other customersperhaps even your competitors.

SafeNet's cloud security fabric includes ProtectV encryption for virtual machines and storage as well as authentication services for virtualized applications and transactions. SafeNet's Trusted Cloud Fabric supports both VMware and Xen hypervisors. The company also provides hardware security modules to safeguard security keys within virtualized and cloud environments. Users can also take advantage of fast hardware encryption engines for securing Ethernet links both to the clouds and on-site.

- R. Colin Johnson
??EE Times

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