|By Gilad Parann-Nissany||
|August 8, 2014 01:29 PM EDT||
A prominent cloud data security company recently announced an update to its security software by adding support for Transparent Data Encryption, as to better encrypt and manage the security keys of its business clients’ SQL servers.
According to its official news release, Porticor will now support Microsoft SQL Server Transparent Data Encryption within its Virtual Private Data system. The cloud-based VPD software allows businesses to store their SQL Data Encryption Keys in the cloud, and it uses its patented Split-Key Encryption Technology to ensure safety of keys while promoting fast system performance.
Porticor uses Microsoft’s own Extensible Key Management API to provide a link between SQL servers and its own key management system. Users simply install the plugin using a few normal SQL statements. Following that, they can encrypt their database keys with the Transparent Data Encryption technology and use Porticor’s cloud software to continue to securely retrieve them.
Gilad Parann-Nissany, founder and CEO of Porticor, commented on the sensitive nature of databases and the necessary link between Porticor and Microsoft that helps businesses protect their assets:
“Since SQL servers often hold an organization’s most important information, they are a favorite target for attacks,” Parann-Nissany said. “Microsoft’s Transparent Data Encryption feature encrypts the database, but in cloud computing the question of encryption key management comes into play. With Porticor, the DEKs are never stored on the SQL Server disk, are protected by a ‘split key’ method, and remain under control of the customer, eliminating the chance of the keys getting stolen or hacked.”
Porticor’s website explains that, with its split key method, each data object is first split into two pieces. The first piece is the master key, and businesses own their own master keys. Porticor does not ever learn what that key is. However, it does know the second piece, the part of the data object stored by its Key Management Service.
Porticor uses the master key to dynamically encrypt and decrypt the data it stores, but it simultaneously, homomorphically encrypts the master key when it is being used. That secondary encryption protects the key from being stolen or decrypted. Furthermore, Porticor never stores the master key on its own servers. It only uses the key for the amount of time it needs to decrypt the second part of the split data. This way, businesses will always be in control of their own keys and will always have secure access to their own SQL data without worrying about their keys or their data being stolen.
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