CSO’s interview with Senetas CEO, Andrew Wilson, highlights the essential ingredient of best of breed encryption security – encryption key management. The devil is in the details!
Senetas’s secure file sharing and collaboration tool, SureDrop, uses the best of breed encryption key management approach used in Senetas’s Ethernet high-speed network encryptors.
From the CSO article
Control over convenience: how Senetas plans to beat Dropbox on sensitive cloud storage.
Private-sector enterprises are exploring alternate file-sharing tools as they increasingly recognise the value of classifying and securing their data as government agencies have done for years, according to one senior security vendor executive.
Classification is “a standard process within government agencies, but we’re now seeing that translate into the enterprise sector,” Andrew Wilson, CEO of Australian security success story Senetas, told CSO Australia on the recent launch of the company’s SureDrop secure cloud-storage service.
“They previously considered all of their information unclassified, but it’s not really – and they don’t want that information falling into the wrong hands.”
This desire for control had created problems for organisations where unfettered usage of services like Dropbox – whose head of trust and security Patrick Heim has been open about the need to balance functionality against security – had complicated efforts to manage the flow of information and impeded the efficacy of data loss prevention (DLP) initiatives.
Management of the encryption keys used to secure data was one of the contentious issues at play in building a better data-security story, Wilson said, noting that cloud-storage leaders tended to manage the encryption keys to customer data themselves. This, in turn, compromised customer control over the data and frustrated the efforts of CSOs to keep a handle on what information has been secured and how.
“We’ve talked with a number of providers who are happy to use Dropbox for unsecured information, but who can’t afford for customer data like contracts to be stored in an unencrypted format God knows where,” Wilson explained, noting that delivering such capabilities – through features like on-premises key management – had helped Senetas differentiate SureDrop from a growing field of competitors.
SureDrop uses several approaches to increase the security of its data storage: secure file fragmentation, for example, uses keys to distribute file data and the keys to this are stored on the client side alongside the encryption keys. The SureDrop architecture has been built to maximise fault tolerance and self healing, and generates keys without reliance on external applications.
To learn more about SureDrop file sharing and collaboration tool and its best of breed encryption security, visit: www.sure-drop.com