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How Strong is Your Encryption System?

By Kevin Gee | August 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Pasted_image_at_2016_08_15_11_49_AM.pngMany Cloud Access Security Brokers and even cloud vendors themselves provide their own form of data encryption. But in today’s connected world, it is not enough to just secure the data.  How do you encrypt the data? Are you using industry standards? Do you maintain application functionality? Who maintains the keys? These are all questions that you should be thinking about when you wish to secure your data in the cloud.

Bitglass Harbor is patented, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) compliant 256 AES encryption with 256-bit initialization vectors. What truly sets Harbor apart from other encryption solutions is that Harbor is able to maintain full application functionality while providing the strongest level of encryption maintaining industry standards.

Many other CASBs and even cloud vendors’ own in-house encryption solutions will break application functionality. It’s one thing to merely secure the data, but if users are unable to use the application efficiently, then encryption ends up being a hindrance.  

Another feature Harbor provides is the ability for users to maintain control of their own encryption keys. In order to fully secure data in a cloud application, a company should control its own encryption keys instead of letting the cloud vendor maintain control. Allowing a third party company to hold encryption keys opens the customer up to a security risk that could be exploited if the vendor were ever be breached.

Bitglass can integrate with any key management system via Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP). This separation of systems is highly valuable for organizations with extremely sensitive information/data that must maintain compliance such as healthcare or financial services.

With Harbor’s ability to provide industry standard level encryption while allowing customers to maintain encryption keys and maintaining full application functionality, your encryption deployment just became headache free.  


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