Thales has launched the next version of its key management solution.
According to the company, keyAuthority 3.0 consolidates and automates the management of encryption keys across multiple classes of encryption devices. It also claimed that it enables organisations to manage their ever-increasing number of encryption keys, as well as giving controlled and continuous access to keys, ensuring that business continuity and data recovery requirements are met.
Previously known as Thales Encryption Manager for Storage, it offers scalability of up to 25 million keys and thousands of managed devices. It is also designed to meet FIPS 140-2 Level 3, the most widely adopted security benchmark for tamper-resistant cryptographic solutions in government and commercial enterprises.
Franck Greverie, vice-president in charge of information technology security activities at Thales, said: “Encryption is rapidly becoming a ubiquitous security technology, but the management of those encryption keys remains the dominant deployment challenge. The process of encryption shifts the attacker's attention from the data itself to the keys that protect it.
“Similarly the inability to access encryption keys when that data needs to be accessed renders that data inaccessible – negating all efforts to establish high availability for that data. This puts the process of key management under an operational and security spotlight.”
Marc van Zadelhoff, V-P of strategy and product management at IBM Security Systems, said: “For clients that require a truly high-assurance key management solution, we chose to partner with Thales.
“Not only is keyAuthority a well proven platform that fully satisfies those stringent requirements, it is also highly complementary with IBM Tivoli Lifecycle Key Manager (TKLM), giving customers a choice of deployment models and assurance levels.”