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Data at rest has long been protected by technology called public key infrastructure (PKI), in which data is encrypted when it’s created by a public key and only decrypted, in theory, by an authorized person holding the private key. But extending this type of data protection to the cloud can be complicated. The migration to the cloud has introduced a new set of complex security issues for IT teams to manage due to the lack of direct control over the security of the data. Moreover, cloud providers believe that data security is a shared responsibility, where the service provider assures physical security and the subscribers must secure their servers and data. Presumably this would include a strategy for encryption and key management which requires that the keys be stored outside the cloud rather than in it. Startup security company Porticor just released a solution tha... (more)

The HIPAA Final Rule and Staying Compliant in the Cloud

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule went into effect on March 26, 2013.  In order to stay compliant, the date for fulfilling the new rules is September 23, 2013, except for companies operating under existing “business associate agreements (BAA),” may be allowed an extension until September 23, 2014. As healthcare and patient data move to the cloud, HIPAA compliance issues follow.  With many vendors, consultants, internal and external IT departments at work, the question of who is responsible for compliance comes up quite often.  Not all organizations are equipped or experienced to meet ... (more)

PRD Energy Awarded Petroleum Production License Covering Over 3,400 Acres Onshore Germany

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/21/12 -- PRD Energy Inc. ("PRD" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:PRD) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Molme Production License covering approximately 3,400 acres in Germany. The license is located onshore in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany and has been awarded to PRD Energy GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company. The Molme Production License includes a previously producing field which was abandoned in 1995 during a low oil price environment and prior to the advent of modern drilling and completion technology. The ... (more)

Encrypting Data Held in the Cloud

More and more enterprises now rent space or servers on the cloud to store data. However, the fact that such data remains outside the ambit of the enterprise’s security system and invisible to the enterprise poses a serious security headache. Porticor Virtual Private Data, an Israeli based start-up now offers technology that allows organizations to encrypt data held in the cloud. The service, which includes a Virtual Appliance and an agent software, offers standard AES 256 or Blowfish encryption that has a maximum key length of 2048 bits. A unique “split-key” method adds to the sec... (more)

MySQL in the Cloud

MySQL is probably the most popular open source database. While there is a wealth of discussion online for MySQL database encryption,doing it right in a cloud computing environment is tricky. The discussion here is quite long, and contains a lot of interesting details. So if you want a spoiler: it is possible to achieve true confidentiality for your MySQL database today; using the industry best practice which is split-key encryption. Here’s why. Cloud encryption for MySQL – Setting your goals Before talking tech, it’s actually essential to understand what your goals are, and the... (more)