CipherCloud Debuts Searchable Strong Encryption for the Cloud
Encrypting data in the cloud is good, and being able to find that data is even better.As organizations continue to deal with the implications of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its Internet surveillance efforts, interest in and demand for cloud encryption has increased. Just because data is encrypted doesn't mean that enterprises should not be able to find what they're looking for, which is where new features from CipherCloud come into play. CipherCloud today announced its Searchable Strong Encryption (SSE) offering, which aims to balance the need for access with the need for security. Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud, explained to eWEEK that SSE leverages his firm's encryption gateway. The CipherCloud encryption gateway encrypts data in real time as it flows from the user into the cloud. The gateway is a Linux-based virtual software appliance that can be deployed in a customer data center or on-site at the enterprise. The new feature that is now landing in CipherCloud is the ability to search the encrypted data. Once data is encrypted, by definition, that data has been protected and is typically not searchable. What the CipherCloud SSE technology provides is a way to search encrypted data.
Kothari explained that what CipherCloud has done is to put a search index directly in the CipherCloud encryption gateway. What CipherCloud indexes varies depending on what the data is and where it's going. CipherCloud integrates with online storage vendor Box with online storage vendor Box and for those users CipherCloud indexes the entire document. For Salesforce.com, whatever customer data is being transmitted can be securely searched.