Trend Micro releases SecureCloud key management system

Trend Micro announced a product development initiative using Apache CloudStack currently in incubation at the Apache Software Foundation, giving Trend Micro first-mover advantage among those Apache CloudStack users searching for easy-to-deploy encryption solutions tailored to the cloud.

Trend Micro delivers an innovative cloud encryption service, now available with a simple plug-in that makes it easier and quicker for CloudStack users to implement–rather than investing months in developing and deploying an encryption solution on their own.

Trend Micro SecureCloud is a patent-pending key management system that enables administrators to set policies that determine where and when encrypted data can be accessed. In addition, server validation applies identity and integrity rules when servers request access to secure storage volumes.

SecureCloud’s simple approach safely delivers encryption keys to valid devices without the need to deploy an entire file system and management infrastructure. With SecureCloud, one can protect sensitive information in cloud and virtual environments from theft, unauthorized exposure, or unapproved geographic migration to other data centers.

This protection helps support internal governance and aids in complying with regulations like HIPAA, HITECH, Sarbanes-Oxley, GLB and PCI DSS.

In April 2012, Citrix moved CloudStack from the GPL to the Apache License 2.0 and contributed the CloudStack project to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), thus turning CloudStack into a truly community run project with governance provided by the Apache Software Foundation rather than by Citrix alone. In addition, Citrix has stepped up its investment in the project and the open source community and decided to become a platinum sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation.

“Citrix just contributed CloudStack to the Apache Software Foundation in April,” said Steve Quane, Chief Product Officer, at Trend Micro. “One month later, as one of the first companies to show its commitment to CloudStack since that announcement, Trend Micro has already developed an effective encryption plug-in for CloudStack, a testament to our ‘Security that Fits’ strategy.”

The SecureCloud plug-in for Apache CloudStack is a small module that simplifies and automates the process of synchronizing cloud assets into SecureCloud as part of the encryption provisioning process enabling SecureCloud administrators to easily define encryption key release policies for the data volumes that will be encrypted.

“As the industry adoption of cloud technologies in the enterprise moves mainstream, there is an increased demand for technology solutions that help address the security and compliance needs of the enterprise,” said Peder Ulander, vice president of marketing for cloud platforms, Citrix. “The SecureCloud plug in for Apache CloudStack makes it easy for our customers to integrate secure data protection capabilities into their cloud. We are excited to partner with Trend Micro around their Secure Cloud initiative and look forward to working with them on this initiative and others in the future.”

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