Searchable Strong Encryption for Cloud Security is Here

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Written by Michael Higashi

The early results are in: CipherCloud’s latest breakthrough technology , Searchable Strong Encryption (SSE), is a winner.

Announced just last week, CipherCloud’s new SSE solution enables “full usability of encrypted data in the cloud, without compromising security or performance,” as CipherCloud’s announcement of the technology explains.

How it Works

The SSE technology leverages the CipherCloud

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gateway architecture to provide secure local index and search operations while sending strongly encrypted data to the cloud and protecting it from all external threats. The solution supports natural language, wild cards and Boolean searches of AES 256-bit encrypted data. Other available techniques on the market lack searchability or require complex deployments of local databases or rely only on partial data encryption. CipherCloud’s solution now combines the highest levels of usability and cloud security.

The solution also enables organization to comply with government regulations and industry mandates including – GLBA, PCI, HIPAA and HITECH, the EU Data Protection Act, UK ICO guidance, the Australian Privacy Amendment Act and US State Privacy laws.

What They’re Saying

So far, SSE is getting plenty of attention from the press. eWeek’s Sean Kerner pointed out that as organizations continue to reevaluate their security postures in light of NSA Internet surveillance programs, “interest in and demand for cloud encryption has increased,” though that encryption shouldn’t damage the usability of their data. “What the CipherCloud SSE technology provides is a way to search encrypted data,” Kerner wrote.

Meanwhile, CloudPro’s Davey Winder sang Searchable Strong Encryption’s praises. “Without knowing anything at all about the data being processed (courtesy of it being encrypted up the wazoo), the cloud server fails when you start searching for stuff,” he wrote. Solving that problem, “CipherCloud has managed to find a practical way of searching cloud data that is protected with AES 256-bit encryption while maintaining compliance with government regulations and industry schemes.” How much Winder likes SSE is apparent when he concludes with a reference to the diner scene from When Harry Met Sally: “I’ll have what they are having,” Winder finished.

Cloud Security Becoming Top of Mind

At a time when companies and government agencies are moving increased amounts of information into the cloud, while seeking to proactively protect their sensitive data from breaches, hackers, cyber warfare attacks and forced disclosures, encryption is a subject of huge importance.

Just last week, the European Commission put out a press release detailing the need for Europe to “be the world’s leading ‘trusted cloud region.'” Europeans are reluctant to adopt the cloud as a result of  concerns over security and confidentiality as well as complicated data residency laws, but for the European enterprise to flourish, cloud service providers must find ways to quell those concerns.

“Europe can pride itself on high standards for data protection and data security,” the European Commission stated, but recommends that “the cloud industry should also deliver and invest in innovative security solutions.” Among those solutions? Encryption, which “can and should be used to protect sensitive information in transit and storage,” and access control measures so that “security authentication…remain only in the hands of the data owner using the cloud.” Sound familiar? Those are the principles CipherCloud preaches and continues to uphold with technology like Searchable Strong Encryption.

“As SaaS services…become more mainstream for more businesses and organizations, the need to keep the information process chain both as secure and as short as possible becomes more and more important,” as CloudServicesWorld reported. Technologies like Searchable Strong Encryption are vital to address that need.

What benefits could your organization see from Searchable Strong Encryption? Let us know in the comments.

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