CipherCloud adds more randomness

Cloud security service now offers AES-256 encryption with unlimited initialisation vectors

Cloud security provider CipherCloud has added unlimited initialisation vectors to its eponymous encryption gateway product.

The company’s on-premise gateway already used AES-256 encryption. The addition of unlimited initialisation vectors will offer additional peace of mind for customers, the company's CEO, Pravin Kothari, said.

“We are solving a very big problem,” the CEO said. “Customers always want to have the strongest possible encryption, so we came up with AES-256 encryption with full randomness... So if you have the name ‘John’ a million times, you will get a million different cipher texts.”

FIPS 140-2 certification – a US government cryptography standard – for CipherCloud is pending, Kothari said. “The government shutdown has caused some delay, but by the end of this year we should be able to get our FIPS 140-2 certification,” he said.

CipherCloud CMO Paige Leidig said the company has continued to experience dramatic growth. “We’re coming to the end of our Q3 and we’re continuing to see record numbers and demand for our technology,” Leidig said.

“We anticipate that this quarter will again be a record quarter again for CipherCloud.”

The finance sector makes up at least 50 per cent of the company’s customer base, Kothari said.

With CipherCloud an enterprise retains control of its encryption keys, and data is encrypted before it's sent to a cloud service provider. The subscription-based service, which can be installed as a virtual appliance or on hardware, includes plug-ins for a number of major SaaS offerings, including Salesforce, Gmail and Office 365, as well as support for private- and public-cloud-based databases and a framework, Connect AnyApp, that can be used with other third-party or custom applications.

The company set up an Australian office earlier this year.

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