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Guest Post by Betty Liang, Director Enterprise Product Marketing, SafeNet


Since partnering in 2010, NetApp and SafeNet have been working together to deliver leading storage security solutions to the market.  Last November, we announced KeySecure, the industry’s first high-assurance enterprise key management platform based on the OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP 1.0). NetApp is reselling KeySecure as a replacement for the DataFort Lifetime Key Management appliance (LKM). Now you might be wondering, who is SafeNet, what’s a KeySecure, and why should you care?  Glad you asked. 

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First, SafeNet, headquartered in Maryland, is the largest pure-play security company in the world. Companies like Citigroup, Bank of America, Gap, Netflix, Starbucks, Cisco, and Dell, are a few of our 25,000 customers who rely on SafeNet to secure their most critical information assets. We provide encryption platforms for applications, databases, file and storage systems, and virtual machines. We also offer hardware security modules, authentication, and a range of other security solutions.


Second, SafeNet KeySecure is an enterprise key management appliance that enables security teams to centrally and uniformly manage the lifecycle of cryptographic keys for all their organization’s encryption platforms. Featuring support for the KMIP standard, KeySecure can manage keys for storage encryption platforms (NAS, SAN, self-encrypting drives, tape libraries), data encryption appliances, HSMs, and cloud encryption deployments. In addition, KeySecure offers the scalability to support millions of keys across data centers and cloud environments.


Third, why should you care? Fundamentally, key management represents a big challenge for customers today. After years of risk mitigation, compliance mandates, and evolving threats, organizations are suffering from encryption creep—disparate, isolated pods of encryption deployments scattered across workgroups, infrastructure elements, and locations.  The problem?  Each encryption pod has its own keys, its own policy enforcement, and its own mechanisms for managing keys across their lifecycle.


Given the vital nature of keys, this proliferation presents significant issues for enterprises today. If keys are compromised, so is sensitive data. If keys are lost or inadvertently deleted, so is data. Further, the isolated nature of key management breeds inefficiency that costs companies dearly—whether in terms of capital costs, staffing costs, failed audits, or errors and oversights.


KeySecure represents a solution. With KeySecure, organizations can centrally, efficiently, and securely manage cryptographic keys and policies—across the key management lifecycle and throughout the enterprise. With KeySecure, security teams can uniformly view, control, and administer cryptographic policies and keys for all their sensitive data—whether it resides in the cloud, in storage, in databases, or virtually anywhere else. And I hope this blog answers some of your questions about SafeNet and the KeySecure appliance. Please join the conversation on the NetApp community, or visit the SafeNet blog site.


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