Thales and IBM have partnered to offer a hardware-based secure encryption key management for storage.

The move to integrate the IBM Tivoli key lifecycle manager into Thales encryption manager for storage (TEMS 2.0) will provide customers with a hardened tamper-resistant key management solution that fully exploits IBM Tivoli key lifecycle management capability.

The partnership will allow TEMS to be expanded to address key management requirements of the IBM storage portfolio of products, to provide important operational and security benefits to both IBM and Thales customers and standards-based key management controls needed to protect and store data and demonstrate compliance.

Gordon Arnold, security software architect and product manager at IBM Tivoli software, said: “The integration of Thales encryption manager with IBM Tivoli key lifecycle manager will provide our customers with the choice between hardware secured and software key management to help them centralise and better manage their storage security processes.”

Franck Greverie, vice president and managing director for the information systems security activities of Thales, said: “We are extremely excited about working with IBM to provide a leading-edge storage encryption key management appliance.

“For many, performing encryption within the storage environment is an increasingly attractive proposition but with it come the challenges of scalability, security and resilience. TEMS successfully embodies a wide range of key management best practices and this new partnership with IBM is further testament to Thales's commitment to provide encryption key management support for the broadest range of storage encryption endpoints in the market.”