STAMFORD, CT – January 21, 2015 – Protegrity, the leading provider of data-centric enterprise data security solutions, today announced the availability of the Protegrity Cloud Gateway to help enterprises confidently adopt software-as-a-service offerings such as Salesforce.com, Box, Gmail, Office365, and Xactly without risking data exposure, impacting business processes or sacrificing SaaS functionality. Developed with input from many of the nearly 200 clients who already trust Protegrity to provide data security across their applications, databases, data warehouses, mainframes, and big data systems in complex, heterogeneous business environments, the Protegrity Cloud Gateway is not only a natural extension of the company’s data security platform into the cloud, but also an innovative departure from existing approaches pushed by many so-called “hot startups” in the cloud data security space. [blockquote]Our clients have told us that current cloud data protection gateways cannot be configured easily by their internal teams, don’t always recognize the sensitive data that needs to be protected, negatively impact the speed or functionality of the SaaS solutions, or have limited scalability," said Suni Munshani, CEO of Protegrity. "Ushering in the next generation of cloud data security, the Protegrity Cloud Gateway addresses these concerns and responds to our clients’ demand to have us apply the same trusted technology we use to protect their core on premise systems to their ever-growing adoption of cloud applications and services."[/blockquote] Deployed in a proven appliance framework, Protegrity Cloud Gateway sits between cloud applications and users, replacing sensitive data with flexible, format-preserving tokens or encrypted values before being sent to the cloud. A gateway server cluster handles the traffic to and from the cloud, while the Protegrity Enterprise Security Administrator (ESA) provides client security teams central control of policy, protection methods, automated key management, security event alerting, reporting and auditing.
Built upon technology backed by scores of granted or pending industry patents, the Protegrity Cloud Gateway was developed using a “Configuration-over-Programming” (CoP) paradigm, allowing security administrators to “own” the cloud gateway security configuration without depending on internal IT staff or the gateway vendor for custom coding. Being that there is no link to a particular version of the cloud application, the need for in-depth revisions to the gateway every time the cloud service is updated is eliminated. This development approach also allows clients to use new SaaS features right away as they are rolled out while maintaining the same level of data security.
Fully embracing Protegrity’s belief that the only way to secure sensitive data is to protect the data itself, Protegrity Cloud Gateway offers a tool that facilitates identification of sensitive data elements being generated by users on the network. The gateway then continuously monitors and discovers if and when that sensitive data is exposed so that it can be protected prior to being sent to the cloud and unprotected when it comes back to authorized end users. This data auto-detection capability, or “learn mode,” is useful when sensitive data appears not just in specific, pre-determined forms or views, but at any point as it travels through the gateway and when the SaaS provider upgrades its solution with new views and forms.
Clients are also looking for a cloud data security solution able to scale vertically and horizontally to support geographical distribution of SaaS solutions. The Protegrity Cloud Gateway has been built using a stateless architecture, meaning that the individual server nodes are independent from each other and do not share any transient state information at run-time. With a stateless architecture, server nodes can be geographically distributed without sacrificing speed or reliability to deliver the highest level of performance, no matter where the cloud gateway nodes are located. When used with Protegrity Vaultless Tokenization (PVT), Protegrity Cloud Gateway offers even higher performance, simplified management and unlimited scalability, allowing the gateway to operate as a lightweight, self-contained network appliance without relying on a third-party database (or “vault”) to store the token relationships. This unique capability ensures that enterprise gateway deployments are also much more cost efficient versus other vendor options. “Other cloud gateway solutions require communication between individual server nodes, limiting scalability. Many also use vault-based tokenization which creates transaction bottlenecks that slow down network performance,” said Kyle Pond, Protegrity's Director of Cloud Solutions. “During proof-of-concept tests performed by a client, Protegrity Cloud Gateway was proven to have flexible, empowering performance, be more cost efficient, and able to accomplish many things that the competition was simply not able to do at all or as fast as the Protegrity solution.”
Protegrity Cloud Gateway is currently available. For more information about Protegrity Cloud Gateway and pricing options based on specific configurations, licensing options and SaaS subscriptions required for your organization, please visit www.protegrity.com, call +1-203-326-7200, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Protegrity is the only enterprise data security software platform that leverages scalable, data-centric encryption, tokenization and masking to help businesses secure sensitive information while maintaining data usability. Built for complex, heterogeneous business environments, the Protegrity Data Security Platform provides unprecedented levels of data security certified across applications, data warehouses, mainframes, big data, and cloud environments. Companies trust Protegrity to help them manage risk, achieve compliance, enable business analytics, and confidently adopt new platforms. For additional information visit www.protegrity.com. # # #