SafeNet has launched what it calls the ‘first crypto hypervisor' that aims to solve key management issues.
According to the company, the Crypto Hypervisor delivers key vaulting and encryption services on demand in a cloud operational model that enables organisations to virtualise their crypto resources and ensure that all data can be safely encrypted, even as it moves in a virtualised environment.
Speaking to SC Magazine, SafeNet CEO Dave Hansen said that this is a significant announcement in the hardware security module (HSM), as if offers multiple instances within a box. He said: “We needed to support the next generation of users in the cloud. This is based on the HSM platform to generate keys, store them and digitally sign.
“The operating system sits on a box and not an isolated server, it is a dedicated box with anti-tampering and the HSM is traditionally the Fort Knox of crypto.
“This will allow large enterprises to offer the ability to manage more keys in the cloud. Administrators will be able to plug in multiple customers on the same box and the customers can manage it. It can also be run in the cloud with multiple servers.”
Hansen said that this will permit less data centre reliance and more use of the cloud and the user's own environment and referred to it as ‘elastic key vaulting'.