The cloud strategy you adopt—private, hybrid, public or multicloud—is a key factor in the decision as to which encryption key management strategy will work best for your enterprise. For best results, your key strategy should fit your long-term cloud strategy and should be applied consistently across your enterprise.
Enterprises should consider a vendor-neutral HSM-as-a-Service that provides the protection and a service level agreement (SLA) to effectively support the “shared-responsibility” model between cloud providers and their customers.
Stored and accessible PII, which is broadly defined as any information that could be used to identify an individual, facilitates these transactions for all consumers. However, near-weekly reports of significant data breaches have raised concerns about the ability of retailers and other organizations to keep consumer records secure.
Guarding against data breaches becomes even more challenging as organizations move data and applications from the security of their on-premise IT infrastructure to the cloud, where the responsibility for protecting data is shared with the cloud provider. Because encryption keys play a vital role in this scenario by shielding data from potential breaches, the approach to encryption key management requires careful evaluation.
As you transition from on-premise computing to cloud computing, securing your data in the cloud is paramount. Since encryption is a preferred way to secure data, encryption key management is a critical concern. Cloud providers have responded to this need with two options: a hardware security module (HSM) or a key management service (KMS). Each approach features benefits and drawbacks.
You learn a lot from your customers, especially how they use your products and what they find useful. At least that is what we experienced during our Equinix SmartKey public beta trial with dozens of enterprise and service provider participants.
On this World Backup Day, we’re going to talk about some of the ways you can protect your data that go hand-in-hand with your data backup and recovery platform and ensure that you’ve covered all of your data protection bases. This includes geographically distributed locations, private interconnection and multicloud data encryption, key management and tokenization as a service.
The hybrid multicloud is the architecture of the future because it fits where business is going, and so does Equinix SmartKey™, a new as-a-service security offering we’re launching today. SmartKey delivers multicloud-ready encryption key management, which we know is a critical part of doing business in an increasingly digital world.
Now that companies are getting a better handle on extracting value from mountains of customer data for their own business operations and marketing purposes, they are taking the next steps in learning how to capitalize on that very same data as a resalable asset. According to Accenture, “…payment providers have a treasure trove of customer data at their fingertips,” and to monetize that data will require that they take “advantage of distinctive data sets and apply advanced analytics techniques” from multiple sources.
All technology companies focus on the future, but as the interconnection junction between network providers, cloud providers and the enterprise, Equinix has a unique perspective on IT trends and where things are headed. We also work daily to discern where and how our 9,500-plus customers will need to access the interconnection and data center solutions and services we know they’ll need to grow. This all gives us uncommon industry insight and helps inform our annual predictions.