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[ISN] AWS takes aim at security conscious enterprises with new appliance
By Mikael Ricknas
IDG News Service
March 27, 2013
In a bid to improve data security, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched AWS
CloudHSM, which uses a separate appliance to protect cryptographic keys used
There are already a variety of alternatives for protecting sensitive data on
Amazon's cloud. But for some applications and data that are subject to
contractual or regulatory mandates for managing cryptographic keys, additional
protections may be necessary. Here is where the CloudHSM (Hardware Security
Module) fits in, according to Amazon.
Until now, organizations' only options were to keep data locally or to deploy
equipment in-house to protect encrypted data in the cloud, which has a negative
impact on application performance, it said.
The service is powered by a Luna SA appliance from SafeNet that has a
tamper-resistant enclosure. An enterprise can store its keys on the unit and
use them to encrypt and decrypt data, while having full control, according to
Amazon. Potential applications include database encryption, authentication and
authorization, document signing, and transaction processing.
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