Would you consider giving up personal data in exchange for a third-party app to show you what your ninety-year-old self will look like? The rise of social media brought lots of joy to consumers’ lives, allowing users to get glimpses of their future selves, to find out their horoscopes, and to communicate with others across the globe. Read more
The latest best practices in enterprise data security include utilizing KMIP AND an encryption key management solution. While most security conscious companies are mindful of the latest advancements in storage encryption, there is a lack of attention to the requirements necessary to managing the thousands of keys generated from multiple data centers, storage devices, and software — specifically, enterprise level encryption key management systems have been overlooked, leaving companies vulnerable. Read more
Manufacturing involves multiple tiers of suppliers providing components that come together to create the end product. Each tier is an exercise in unique processes to the manufacturer and their third-party suppliers’ raw materials, production, inventory, and distribution. This complicated convergence of players, processes, and data creates a wicked infrastructure security problem.
Portability, versatility, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness are just a few of the advantages of moving to virtualized environments. Instead of requiring a data center full of equipment, virtualization lets organizations rely on just a few servers. A smaller footprint equals less power consumption, lowered cost of ownership, and less overhead. However, too often, enterprises neglect security when it comes to implementing virtualization. Now, VMware makes it possible to easily encrypt and manage virtual machines (VMs) in minutes. Read more
How Key Management, PKI Controls, and Zero Trust Principles are Applied to Thwart Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
For years, cybersecurity professionals argued the importance of “zero trust networks” and their concerns have been fully validated in the wake of the SolarWinds incident. Hacking techniques likely used in the SolarWinds Sunburst attack include mapping of sIDHistory, Primary Group ID, as well as AdminSDHolder to help identify and obtain cached Active Directory credentials. The compromised SAML keys and cryptographic materials were then likely used to execute administrative control and exfiltrate data over an extended duration.
The advent of 5G is an exciting development in connectivity for most businesses. From the farmer who can now remotely monitor field conditions to the global manufacturing leader dependent upon a digital supply chain, to mom-and-pop shops offering real-time-customer service, 5G is changing the way business gets done. And both owners and consumers are enjoying the benefits!
For most, 5G still lacks the true “100 times faster” connection that service providers touted it would bring in 2019. But still, its improvements to speed and lower latency over 4G LTE for business connectivity have already established it as a game changer.
Although 5G is one of the fastest growing technologies in history with adoption 4x as fast as LTE, it will be years before 5G networks blanket the globe. However, explosive adoption is already well underway in the automotive, manufacturing, utilities, and healthcare industries, all of which have been catalysts for a rush on new IoT devices for business efficiencies, enhanced customer service, the movement of large amounts of data, and more.
As 5G network availability grows, the potential for 5G IoT business devices has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, the security risks have grown with it
The Department of Defense (DOD) put out a deadline mandating that specific controls for Covered Defense Information (CDI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) residing in nonfederal information systems be in place. Many DOD contractors and subcontractors have missed the deadline and are scrambling to update their cybersecurity standards.
FREDERICK, MARYLAND — Fornetix, LLC. today announced their technology partnership with ThinkOn Inc., Canada’s largest wholesale provider of cloud storage, compute, and networking resources. The VaultCore™ Key Management Solution will be deployed as an integral part of the ThinkOn suite of Infrastructure as a Service Offerings (IaaS), and will provide a critical layer of encryption management to ensure that sensitive data will remain secure wherever it resides.
“We are excited to partner with ThinkOn and introduce the VaultCore KMaaS Cloud solution to their ecosystem. We look forward to massive opportunities to work together providing the most secure solution on the market for encryption key management in the cloud,” said Mark Gilroy, CEO of Fornetix.
VaultCore will be providing encryption key management for ThinkOn’s cloud data storage environments enabling IT administrators and security professionals to manage encryption across their entire enterprise with precision, speed, and without impacting performance. ThinkOn will be utilizing VaultCore for cloud-based data management solutions where subscriber information is siloed and requires compliance with stringent laws and regulations involving privacy and protection of classified and sensitive data. VaultCore’s ability to delegate key user privileges for management via cloud services plays a pivotal role in the development of this partnership.
“At ThinkOn, we care about security and efficiency of cloud data management. We are very excited to align and partner with the best in industry innovators like Fornetix to deliver an enterprise level security framework to our subscribers,” said Craig McLellan, Founder of ThinkOn.
A key feature of VaultCore is its Policy Engine. VaultCore provides fine-grained inherited access controls for encryption, thus enabling organizations to define encryption key management use in line with their corporate policy. In addition to this, users can easily schedule and automate the full encryption key lifecycle process and manage over one hundred million keys across their entire infrastructure. VaultCore is certified as VMware Ready for Platform and Compute, providing seamless integration for datacenter environments that require KMIP.
At Fornetix we understand that managing encryption in today’s complex environment can seem an impossible task. That is why we created VaultCore, a simplified, automated, and secure encryption key management solution designed to address security challenges arising from the proliferation of IoT, big distributed networks, and rapid cloud adoption. Our commitment to standards and interoperability enable us to join forces with leading technologies around the globe to provide smart and unified security solutions that bring order to the chaos of encryption management. For more about Fornetix, please follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
ThinkOn is an exclusive wholesale provider of cloud infrastructure and data management services with over 150 partners and over 1,100 end subscribers in the commercial and public sector. ThinkOn’s cloud is engineered for high availability, reliability, and scalability to meet the requirements of all kinds of critical workload. Headquartered in Toronto, the company delivers true data availability, protection, and privacy with 20+ operating regions compliant to critical industry level certifications across the globe. For more information visit www.thinkon.com.
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Let us consider a scenario in which an organization, a general contractor utilizing at least one subcontractor, implements a production chain security strategy powered by encryption, but NEGLECTS the addition of a key management system. You’re the CISO, responsible for the cybersecurity strategy that ensures your organization’s information assets and technologies are adequately protected.
Your team implemented standards-based encryption across the board and provided a common software platform to your supply chain partners, allowing for data to be transferred securely between your organizations…or so you thought.
Suddenly, your organization gets word from a subcontractor that they’re experiencing unusual network activity. The cybersecurity strategy you spent months creating is clear; cut off your partner’s network, lock down your data, and as CISO, stay up all night hoping the bad actor wasn’t able to permeate your network’s exterior defenses. In the interim, your IT department heads begin the grievous task of pulling reports from various locations and mulling them over to better understand any potential impact.
In the early morning hours, you find out that there was indeed a breach, courtesy of your subcontractor’s less-than-robust “secure network.” A bad actor was able to breach your defenses through your subcontractor’s weaker network, grabbed your data, and basically left unnoticed until your subcontractor alerted you to a “possible problem.” You’ve already spent a good portion of the night calculating the estimated costs of just such a breach, and you’re now faced with explaining what happened to your CEO.
Now, rewind, and imagine that you are the CISO who went beyond just “checking the box” for data encryption
The CISO who went beyond just “checking the box” for data encryption when planning their security strategy slept like a baby while his IT department went home in time for dinner with their families. The subcontractor did experience a breach, but your organization was left unscathed. Thanks to the encryption key management system you integrated with your legacy system earlier in the year, the company’s data remained secure. With the automated, short-life periodic key rotations, and the system’s robust identity capabilities, applications, and storage services, the necessary insight and controls needed to thwart this sort of next generation attack were in place and all data remained secure.
Addressing the overall security of not only your enterprise, but also those in your supply or distribution chains, in a protection-centric approach, is the most cost-effective and simple solution you can add to your current security strategy to protect your data. Learn how one encryption key management solution like Fornetix® VaultCore™ can extend the reach and power of your encryption and better protect your data from attack.
For a deeper dive into understanding encryption key management and how CISOs, CTOs, and others tasked with implementing enterprise security strategy and securing data across multiple environments can utilize a key management system to better protect their data, click here to read The CISO’s Guide to Understanding Encryption Key Management.
When considering the intersection of Roots of Trust and the accessibility of services provided by cloud architecture, reliable options quickly become scarce. That is why we at Fornetix are excited to see nCipher launch their “nShield as a Service” (nSaaS) offering. With the combination of Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies and the embracing of “as a Service” cloud capabilities, there is a growing need for HSM services that can be provisioned and integrated with cloud principles while not belonging to a specific cloud vendor. At Fornetix, we built our technology to play to the middle, enabling public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions. We are excited to see nCipher’s nSaaS solution parallel our own. We believe the joint approach will help customers embrace effective use of cryptography no matter how they use technology, whether it be cloud first/cloud native, hybrid cloud, or private cloud.