Certes Networks Releases REST API for Certes TrustNet Cloud Encryption Solution

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Combined with the vCEP virtual encryption appliance, API allows network encryption security policies to adapt to dynamic workflows and network changes in the cloud.

Certes Networks, an innovative developer of scalable cloud and network encryption solutions, today announced the release of its REST API for Certes TrustNet Manager, their ground breaking encryption policy and key management solution. When combined with the vCEP (virtual Certes Enforcement Point) cloud encryption solution, the API allows centralized control and programming of security policies through trusted third party tools, enabling network encryption policies to adapt to dynamic network configurations within virtualized and cloud environments. This solution eliminates the need to manually configure encryption policies as workflows change, and allows connectionless full mesh encryption to be realized in fully automated and self-provisioned cloud environments.

Numerous surveys across different market segments have revealed that security within cloud environments is a major concern and is viewed as a barrier to broad scale cloud adoption. A number of industry associations, analysts and security experts have also weighed in on the importance of network encryption within virtualized and cloud environments.

“We believe that network encryption in the cloud is a critical component of cloud adoption" said Luciano “J.R.” Santos, Research Director for the CSA (Cloud Security Alliance). "Our guidance is that sensitive and regulated workloads should be encrypted even within the cloud provider’s network and advise this as a security best practice for those who adopt cloud based technologies.”

One of the fundamental building blocks required for practical cloud network security is enabling scalable encryption that preserves full mesh connectivity and performance among hundreds or even thousands of virtual servers. Certes Networks, who pioneered scalable group encryption, brought tunnel-less encryption to the cloud earlier this year with the announcement of the vCEP, which has recently achieved VMware Ready ™ status. This solution allows encryption of cloud based workloads without the overhead, complexity and performance penalties caused by point to point based encryption solutions.

“Our customers have long held that cloud security solutions must work seamlessly within cloud environments if they are to be fully realized” said Parag Patel, vice president, Global Strategic Alliances, VMware. “Certes Networks, a VMware Ready™ partner, has made it possible to cryptographically isolate workflows within cloud environments without compromising on the efficiency and flexibility that these infrastructures provide.”

This latest advancement in the realization of practical cloud security allows vCEP policy integration with third party cloud orchestration tools. Integration with these tools will allow encrypted cloud networks to be deployed and modified automatically as changes to the virtual
network and workloads occur. Where the vCEP solved the issues with scalable encryption, the availability of the REST API solves the problem of establishing and maintaining policy enforcement in real time within large scale dynamic computing environments. Without central coordination, policies on different enforcement points can become out of sync, providing a window of vulnerability in which an attacker may be able to break through.

“We have seen growing interest in the vCEP since its release earlier this year as customers view security as an enabling technology for cloud adoption” said Thomas Gill, CEO of Certes Networks. “We are committed to helping our customers achieve the highest levels of information security without having to compromise on network performance, flexibly or reliability. As our customers look to gain efficiencies through the adoption of cloud based technologies it is our goal to make sure they can do so without compromising on security.”

The Certes TrustNet Manager REST API will be generally available beginning in October. Customers interested in participating in beta trials should contact Certes Networks.

Certes Networks protects data in motion. The company provides advanced data protection solutions for both physical and virtual networks that enable secure connectivity over any infrastructure without compromising performance or availability. Customers rely on Certes Networks to protect data, decrease risk and reduce the cost of compliance by enabling secure connectivity to critical infrastructures. Certes Networks has been recognized by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in Cloud Security in 2012.


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