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Thursday, 21 February 2019 16:20

Venafi and nCipher team to protect machine identities

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Venafi chief cybersecurity strategist Kevin Bocek Venafi chief cybersecurity strategist Kevin Bocek

Security vendors Venafi and nCipher Security have joined forces to deliver a system they say enables organisations to scale the generation and protection of machine identities, even in complex, high-security environments.

The new integration combines Venafi Advanced Key Protect with nCipher nShield hardware security modules.

HSMs provide a proven and auditable way to secure the cryptographic keys that serve as machine identities. But the key generation process tends to be carried out using custom scripts and manual processes, leaving the organisation more vulnerable to attack.

The combination of Venafi Advanced Key Protect and nCipher nShield HSMs means strong keys can be generated automatically, and they remain on the nShield HSM throughout their entire life cycle.

This allows the fast, automated policy-based orchestration of keys; reduces the risk of keys being stolen (even via the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities); manages certificates and keys in a FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and Common Criteria EAL4+ hardened, high-assurance environment; and increases the number of strong keys generated from a NIST-certified random bit generator.

"Our integration with nCipher nShield HSMs is easy to deploy, reduces errors and dramatically cuts the time and resources required to use SSL and TLS keys and certificates with HSMs," said Venafi chief cyber security strategist Kevin Bocek.

"Through our partnership with nCipher, we are providing organisations the ability to automate machine identity life cycles with the highest level of protection possible. This includes protection for the most popular web services in enterprises today such as Microsoft IIS, Apache and Java application servers. Our integrated solution also works immediately with all of the leading certificate authorities in the Venafi Technology Network."

nCipher chief strategy officer Peter Galvin said: "As our customers make the transition to increasingly digital environments, they need to trust the machines that are used across their networks to support critical business functions such as securing web transactions, privileged access and authenticating software code.

"If the identities of these machines are not authenticated and protected, then they are open to misuse by cyber criminals. Through a consistent use of strong cryptographic keys, Venafi and nCipher make it possible for customers to own and control the keys and certificates used to authenticate machine identities and establish trust in these digital transactions."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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