Thales CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager gives enterprises control over multi-cloud encryption and key management

New Support for national clouds in Microsoft Azure addresses compliance and data residency challenges and automated key rotation improves IT efficiency

Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces its CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager now supports Microsoft Azure national data centers and Microsoft Azure Cloud hardware security module (HSM) subscribers as well as offering new automated key rotation, giving enterprises more control over their encryption keys and their data.

According to the 2018 Thales Global Encryption Trends Study, a growing number of enterprises are utilizing multiple cloud environments. To help meet compliance requirements, many are also creating and managing encryption keys separate from their cloud providers’ infrastructure. This ‘bring your own key’ (BYOK) strategy can lead to operational challenges due to the unique BYOK APIs offered by each cloud provider. Understanding the challenges in securing multi-cloud deployments, Thales launched CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager, a SaaS based solution, to streamline multi-cloud BYOK use cases and centralize key lifecycle management for an ever-growing list of leading cloud vendors (Salesforce, Microsoft Azure, AWS).

Cryptographic best practices discourage extensive reuse of encryption keys. In this latest update, policies can be set with CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager to automatically rotate keys, improving data security and enhancing IT efficiency. In addition to existing support for Azure Key Vault, CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager now enables key uploads to Microsoft Azure Cloud HSM, enabling Azure customers with the most stringent compliance mandates to enjoy centralized key lifecycle management.

CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager also supports Microsoft Azure national clouds in Germany and China, allowing users to create and manage keys within their country’s national cloud in the same way they would across public or private clouds but keeping the keys within national physical boundaries. This ensures enterprises are able to comply with the strong data sovereignty laws of these countries.


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Peter Galvin, chief strategy officer for Thales eSecurity says:

“Many enterprises and governments are concerned that nation-states may request access to data stored on international clouds, leaving them compromised. One response to this risk is to move to a national cloud which addresses data residency and compliance requirements. CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager from Thales allows you to create and manage your encryption keys whether you’re using a private cloud, an international public cloud or, now, a Microsoft Azure national cloud, giving enterprises even greater control and flexibility over their data.”

To learn more about the latest CipherTrust Cloud Key Management enhancements, visit Thales at Infosecurity Europe, Stand F180, Olympia, London, June 5-7, 2018, or at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit, Booth #639, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD, June 4-7.

Industry insight and views on the latest data security trends can be found on the Thales eSecurity blog at