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Decru Unveils Lifetime Key Management 3.0 Appliance

  • 22 June, 2006 15:04

<p>Symantec and Quantum Join Decru OpenKey™ Partner Program</p>
<p>Redwood City, CA – 22 June 2006 -- Decru, a NetApp company, today unveiled a new key management platform, the Decru® Lifetime Key Management™ 3.0 Appliance (LKM Appliance). The LKM Appliance extends Decru’s proven capabilities for secure, automated, enterprise-class management of storage encryption keys and adds integration capabilities for third-party encryption products. Decru also announced today that Symantec Corp. and Quantum Corp. have joined as charter members of the Decru OpenKey partner program, which provides a framework for development of standards-based multiparty encryption solutions. (See separate release:</p>
<p>Continuing disclosures of privacy breaches are driving requirements for enterprise-wide encryption and key management. The Decru Lifetime Key Management system, which has been shipping since mid-2003, is the industry’s most mature and advanced storage key management system. Decru DataFort™ storage security appliances and LKM already support many of the world’s largest and most sophisticated storage security deployments, including financial services and Global 1000 customers. The LKM Appliance extends this leadership position by providing centralized key management for heterogeneous third-party software and hardware encryption devices.</p>
<p>“Enterprises increasingly realise the need to encrypt sensitive data, but they are justifiably concerned with the prospect of running multiple proprietary key management systems over the coming years,” said Jon Oltsik, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “By providing a broad line of storage security appliances, and opening up its key management platform to third parties, Decru is providing a centralised key management solution and addressing an impending pain point for enterprises. Decru’s market successes, coupled with support by major vendors such as Symantec and Quantum, puts it in a good position to solve this problem.”</p>
<p>Unified Platform for Enterprise-Wide Key Management</p>
<p>The Decru Lifetime Key Management system uses Decru DataFort secure hardware to protect and manage encryption keys throughout their entire lifecycle, including key generation, replication, archiving, recovery, sharing, and deletion. The Decru Storage Encryption Processor (SEP) has received FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification, and is used today in highly sensitive military and Global 1000 enterprise environments. The new LKM Appliance incorporates Decru SEP into a dedicated key management appliance, enabling a broader range of functionality for centralised management and policy enforcement.</p>
<p>The LKM Appliance provides a wide range of industry-leading benefits:</p>
<p>• Mature platform: The Decru key management platform has been proven in demanding real-world deployments, supporting large clusters of encryption devices across multiple distributed data centres.</p>
<p>• Scalability: Each appliance can securely store more than 10 million encryption keys, and an LKM fabric consisting of clustered appliances can scale to support over a thousand encryption devices.</p>
<p>• Secure management: The LKM Appliance is also designed for FIPS 140-2 Level 3 physical security. Administrative access is secured by two-factor authentication, role-based access controls, and smart card quorum requirements for sensitive operations.</p>
<p>• Automation: The LKM Appliance securely automates key management functions including key generation, replication, archiving, recovery, and sharing. The LKM Appliance and DataFort appliances automatically and securely propagate encryption keys to configured systems and utilize features such as key translation and trustee key sharing to enable secure information sharing across groups or companies. Decru CryptoShred™ secure deletion enables sophisticated lifecycle management of encryption keys, including policy-based key expiration.</p>
<p>• Heterogeneous support: The LKM Appliance provides centralized key management across all DataFort appliances, enabling enterprise-wide support for NAS, DAS, iSCSI, FC SAN, and tape storage environments. The LKM Appliance can also be deployed to support new and existing Decru DataFort appliances.</p>
<p>• Open and standards-based: The Decru OpenKey partner program and APIs enable unified support for heterogeneous encryption systems, simplifying the deployment of encryption across multiple environments.</p>
<p>• Secure key generation: Many encryption systems lack the ability to generate strong, random encryption keys, significantly reducing the overall level of security. Decru DataFort and the LKM Appliance use a hardware-based true random-number generator to create strong, high-entropy keys.</p>
<p>“Decru has more experience than any other company in deploying large, enterprise-wide storage encryption projects,” said Suresh Vasudevan, senior vice president and general manager of Decru, a NetApp company. “By extending our key management platform into a secure appliance, and working closely to integrate with other leading vendors, Decru is providing its customers with unprecedented flexibility and functionality.”</p>
<p>Decru Lifetime Key Management 2.5 software is available immediately. The Decru Lifetime Key Management Appliance is planned for availability in Q3 2006.</p>
<p>About Decru</p>
<p>Decru, a NetApp company, is the leader in storage security. Decru solutions enable enterprise-wide secure data management, and address critical business requirements including privacy, regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, and internal controls. Decru provides security solutions to many of the world's largest enterprise and government customers.</p>
<p>"Safe Harbor" Statement under U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statement regarding the availability of the Decru branded product in fall 2006, is a forward looking statement within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include any statement regarding future events or the future financial performance of Network Appliance, Inc. that involves risks or uncertainties. In evaluating these statements, readers should specifically consider various factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated, including without limitation: the ability to maintain development schedules, the availability of appliance (hardware) components,customer demand for products and services, customer acceptance of product architectures, increased competition, the Decru-branded product may not be rebranded or available in a timely manner and other important factors as described in Network Appliance, Inc. reports and documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its mostly recently submitted 10-K and 10-Q.</p>
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