HighCloud Security Releases New Software to Simplify Secure Data Migration and Backup to the Public Cloud

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Object-level encryption secures data throughout its lifecycle and across multiple virtual machines.

At HighCloud Security, our goal is to give organizations an easy, powerful way to lock down their data throughout its lifecycle, and as they transition from private, to hybrid, to public clouds.

HighCloud Security, a leader in cloud encryption and key management software, today announced new capabilities that enable enterprises to securely migrate data to and from the public cloud. This technology also lets customers leverage public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in new ways, including secure cloud backup and disaster recovery for virtual machines (VMs).

IaaS offerings are built on highly virtualized server infrastructures, creating unique security challenges. VMs are highly dynamic, and can be moved, replicated or suspended by a service provider typically without the knowledge of the data owner. As cloud adoption grows, organizations struggle to ensure the privacy of sensitive or regulated data while it is in flight to the cloud, as well as at rest.

In its latest release, HighCloud has added key functionality to its existing encryption and key management software that allow organizations to easily define a secure hybrid cloud. Administrators now have the ability to migrate devices between virtual machines, regardless of whether those VMs are in a private cloud, or in a public cloud like Amazon AWS or S3. This allows encryption to be applied to VM data before it ever leaves a company’s perimeter for the cloud, ensuring protection of data in transition and at rest.

“As organizations continue to adopt the cloud for mission critical applications, security and data privacy become even more important," said Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst at IT-Harvest. “HighCloud Security offers a compelling and flexible approach to encryption and key management that is optimized for the cloud. In this latest update, HighCloud adds important capabilities for customers who need to migrate data securely to, from and between cloud environments.”

“As cloud service providers become a target for data access, both to thieves and the U.S. government, organizations must take further steps to secure their data in the cloud,” said Steve Pate, co-founder and chief technology officer of HighCloud Security. “At HighCloud, our goal is to give organizations an easy, powerful way to lock down their data throughout its lifecycle, and as they transition from private, to hybrid, to public clouds.”

Use Cases include:

  •     Secure Disaster Recovery: A company can create mirrored drives in the cloud, and the encryption will travel with the drive. In the event that the primary drive is inaccessible, IT can route access to the cloud-based drive. HighCloud Key Management ensures the correct keys are delivered automatically when accessed by an authorized application.
  •     Secure VM Backup: Organizations that want to leverage Amazon S3 storage can create VMs in their datacenter, using HighCloud to encrypt the data in those VMs before it is uploaded to S3 buckets. Data can easily be restored to existing VMs, or to new VMs, either on premise or in Amazon Web Services, as long as they are authenticated by HighCloud’s Key and Policy Server.
  •      Secure Shared Storage: Organizations that run clustered servers to ensure high-availability for mission critical applications can leverage HighCloud to encrypt the data in shared networked storage environments like Windows Failover Cluster. HighCloud Key and Policy Server handles failover and fail-back, ensuring encryption keys are available as needed.

About HighCloud Security

Founded by Silicon Valley veterans, Bill Hackenberger and Steve Pate, HighCloud Security offers encryption and key management software designed specifically to address the unique security challenges of virtualized server infrastructures. Virtual machines are mobile, dynamic and contain specific files that can contain sensitive data even when the VMs are dormant. HighCloud addresses these specific vulnerabilities with strong encryption that travels with each VM, encrypts even snapshot and suspended files, and allows organizations to secure data in private, public and hybrid clouds.

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