CipherCloud has implemented Searchable Strong Encryption (SSE) to its AES 256-bit encryption Cloud data protection platform.
CipherCloud founder and CEO, Pravin Kothari, said SSE now comes with one of the highest levels of FIPS-certified security, and is capable of unlimited initialisation vectors.
“Not only is this encryption at the highest level, but it gives our customers extremely strong protection with a very intuitive, Google like search,” he said.
“That means we can provide any Cloud application on this platform with strong search and usability in addition to the encryption.”
Kothari said that even with protection by AES 256-bit encryption running on top, the user can search for information as if using a search engine.
The search function was made possible by leveraging the platform’s architecture to build the index locally.
“When you search for a customer called John, it will perform that search locally in the index while the data remain encrypted in the Cloud,” he said.
Kothari said the ability to offer unlimited initialisation vectors to maximise randomness is in response to growing market demand for better Cloud protection.
“Our customers are aware of what has been happening over the last few months, so they are concerned about their information in the Cloud more than ever before,” he said.
Customers are also aware of the potential pitfalls related to keeping data in the Cloud.
“Enterprises are asking hard questions about their information going into the Cloud,” Kothari said.
“They are also concerned about application usability, and they want it to be so secure that the NSA [National Security Agency] can’t break into it.
Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.