Cryptographic Management Trends Around the Globe

ADAM CASON | June 24, 2022 | 77 views

Digital transformation has become a mission-critical strategy as organizations are adopting new ways of scaling their business, remaining agile to meet demand, and innovating for the future. Cryptographic management goes hand in hand with digital transformation, as organizations must evolve and future-proof their end-to-end cryptographic environments to ensure they are secure, compliant, and highly available to protect and secure their data, assets, and transactions.

I spoke with members of the global Futurex team — including Mark Howland, EMEA business development; Ruchin Kumar, vice president, South Asia; and Santos Campa, vice president, LAC — for their insights and perspectives on what cryptographic management challenges organizations are facing, implementation trends, and how they are future-proofing their systems.

There are common themes across industries and countries: cryptographic management is challenging, organizations are keenly interested in agility and scalability, cloud migration is happening everywhere, and the compliance checklist is ever important.

1 EMEA: Future-Proofing with Virtualization

When it comes to cryptographic management, the large financial institutions and major high-street banks have significant internal knowledge, best practices and their own ways of working and methodology. Across other organizations, we see the gamut: some are looking at new ways of doing things, such as HSM virtualization and cloud HSMs, while some are struggling with the skillset to configure and manage their existing systems. Throughout Europe, getting into data centers during the pandemic was difficult, resulting in challenges with on-premises cryptographic deployments and remote management.

There are progressive thinkers, many working at startups, who are future-proofing their systems and looking into load balancing, remote management, and virtualization. While others, who have always worked with on-premises cryptographic equipment, are slower to move to the cloud with questions around latency, regulations, and availability. Howland speculates about what’s ahead: “Cryptography-as-a-service and virtualization will be expected.”

Virtualization and the cloud enable organizations to be fluid in their services and abilities, accounting for scalability and growth without taking up rack space and being carbon neutral.

“You have to scale for your worst-case scenario. If you have virtual HSMs, you can literally spin them up and down, so you're not having to manage 20 HSMs when, for 360 days of the year, you only need five. When you then look at the costs, administrative costs, power, it makes a good business case to virtualize rather than use hardware,” states Howland.


Virtualization accounts for the ebb and flow of retailers, such as handling demand for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holiday season.


2 LAC: Compliance and Cloud and Beyond

Overall, organizations are looking to be compliant, secure, scalable, and flexible. “For the financial HSM industry, it seems that, in most cases, everything is moving to the cloud,” says Campa. Moving to the cloud is financially motivating and empowers customers with an agile business case. Campa sees three cryptographic implementation trends across Latin America:

1. The need to implement cryptographic infrastructure as soon as possible.
2. The need to grow the current infrastructure. Organizations want to make sure that they are investing in an infrastructure that is scalable and used for the long term.
3. Security reliability and compliance
In Latin America, every financial customer needs to comply with PCI. In addition to PCI, there are regional compliance requirements to adhere to; for example, Mexico requires compliance with Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores (CNBV) and Asociación de Bancos de Mexico (ABM). As a result, organizations prefer to invest in technologies that will be compliant with the next compliance regulations, including PCI and the next FIPS, to future-proof their cryptographic investments.

Beyond point-to-point encryption and PCI DSS support, we are seeing customers adopting tokenization, remote key loading, and contactless payments on COTS (CPoC) — and increasing features and functionality one at a time. In parallel, some customers have decided to increase the ROI of their HSM investment by using general-purpose features to comply with government and local security requirements and regulations. Futurex is hosting the Futurex Summit: Mexico City 2022, July 19-21, 2022, an opportunity for attendees to learn how to streamline their encryption infrastructures.

3 South Asia: Trends in Multi-Purpose HSM, Cloud

The cryptographic infrastructure has become an important part of the overall deployment of any project in organizations, and Kumar cites the lack of a centralized strategy as the main challenge. In India, he sees silos in most organizations, with overburdened budgets and resources. Data-centric security best practices can help organizations pass various security audits and mitigate unknown risks.

Another pain point is around compliance and mandates from regulators. As with many countries, cryptography is deeply embedded in the information technology laws of India to provide confidentiality and integrity to critical information like personal identifiable information (PII) and financial information. Adhering to these regulations is mandatory for each and every project within enterprises, banking, and government. “India is running quite ahead in HSM and key management. Organizations are well versed in the subject,” acknowledges Kumar.

Kumar sees many organizations interested in a single unified HSM platform that can handle both general purpose and payment functionalities to reduce implementation hassles. Additionally, as is common around the world, Kumar sees an interest in cloud migration and cryptography-as-a-service in South Asia. Many organizations are keen to outsource cryptographic management to a managed service provider or a cloud service provider to bring down the CAPEX cost for the customer, outsource complex cryptography operations to experts, and address regulatory compliance issues such as data localization and key localization.

As we’re seeing in the United States and around the globe post-pandemic, many organizations are looking at digital transformation strategies and future-proofing their cryptographic management investments, including cloud enablement, redundancy and agility, and hybrid deployments — all of which will help to both maintain a strong security posture while adapting and embracing new challenges and opportunities.

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Absolute Connector for ServiceNow™: The Absolute Connector for ServiceNow enables joint customers to access Absolute’s comprehensive asset intelligence and single source of truth within their ServiceNow platform environment – enabling them to efficiently respond to service requests, supplement their ServiceNow workflows, and rapidly demonstrate compliance. Expanded Application Resilience™ Catalog: The Absolute Application Resilience catalog now includes support for more than 60 critical security applications that IT and security administrators can self-heal across their endpoints. Recent additions include WinMagic® MagicEndpoint™, Dell™ Trusted Device, Deep Instinct™, Norton 360™, OPSWAT™, UNOWHY™, Aranda Software™, and Pixart® MDM. The company also announced upcoming server and client enhancements to Absolute Secure Access, including: New Look and Feel: The names, status icons, fonts, and colors have been updated to reflect new product names and refreshed corporate brand; the core functionality and upgrade experience remain smooth and easy. SaaS Enhancements: The SaaS offering adds native NAT capabilities and enhanced alerting. Enhanced 5G Telemetry and Detection: Insights for Network dashboards that display cellular coverage, signal quality, and usage now include the 5G mid-band spectrum, and reflect improved 5G sensitivity. Deeper Visibility: The Secure Access/webService API has been enhanced, offering programmatic access to key pool performance metrics, including status information for our Active/Active server infrastructure. Faster NAC Checks: NAC capabilities are optimized, significantly reducing the time it takes for the VPN to connect and begin tunneling traffic. Android Client Enhancements: Collecting network telemetry on Android devices can now be done with the screen off to improve battery life, ensuring that administrators have actionable device and network information even if a device is in sleep mode. The Android cryptographic libraries providing FIPS 140-2 cryptography are also updated. The features included in the latest Absolute Secure Endpoint release are available now. For additional details, including which are available to Control, Visibility, or Resilience tier customers, visit here. The company expects to make Absolute Secure Access updates available to customers in January 2023. About Absolute Software Absolute Software is the only provider of self-healing, intelligent security solutions. Embedded in more than 600 million devices, Absolute is the only platform offering a permanent digital connection that intelligently and dynamically applies visibility, control and self-healing capabilities to endpoints, applications, and network connections - helping customers to strengthen cyber resilience against the escalating threat of ransomware and malicious attacks. Trusted by 18,000 customers, G2 recognized Absolute as a leader for the eleventh consecutive quarter in the Fall 2022 Grid® Report for Endpoint Management and as a high performer in the Grid Report for Zero Trust Networking.

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Veza Announces Open Authorization API to Extend Identity-First Security Across the Enterprise Data Landscape

Veza | December 02, 2022

Veza today announced that its Open Authorization API (OAA) is now public on GitHub for community collaboration, extending the reach of identity-first security across the enterprise. Developers can now create and share connectors to extend the Veza Authorization Graph to all sensitive data, wherever it lives, including cloud providers, SaaS apps, and custom-built internal apps, accelerating their company’s path to zero trust security. Security professionals espouse the principle of ‘Least Privilege’ to secure enterprise data, but the rush to a multi-cloud, multi-app environment has exploded the complexity and layers of interconnection for which access must be understood, monitored, and constantly remediated to achieve and maintain least privilege. Recent attacks on Okta and Twilio demonstrate that companies are allowing overly-broad access to data via constructs of groups, roles, policies, and system specific permissions. Veza connects the dots of effective permissions across cloud providers, SaaS apps and identity platforms, making it easy to visualize who can view or delete sensitive data. OAA allows organizations and the broader community to create their own integrations with Veza, extending visibility to any resource, including SaaS apps like GitLab and Jira as well as custom-built internal apps. “The vast majority of cybersecurity failures are rooted in issues with the gap that exists between identity, access to data, and permissions,” said Tarun Thakur, co-founder and CEO, Veza. “Since our founding, we have been committed to protecting our customers from threats like ransomware, privilege abuse, and data breaches. With Veza Open Authorization API, we are extending our identity-first security approach broadly in the market and arming organizations with the tools they need to remediate undesirable and unnecessary data access at a granular level, and meet the requirements of access governance for enterprise systems, both on-premises and in the cloud." With Veza's Open Authorization API, customers can translate and visualize authorization metadata from any SaaS app, custom and in-house applications. Users can explore identity-to-data relationships through the Authorization Graph, monitor for least privilege misconfigurations and violations, and conduct comprehensive entitlement reviews for all of their sensitive data. “We specifically chose Veza because their Open Authorization API allowed us to connect to our custom internal applications. We follow the principle of least privilege, but with so many systems to review, we valued Veza’s unique ability to give us a comprehensive view quickly. They made it faster and easier for our team to review all permissions with confidence.” -Riaz Lakhani, CISO of Barracuda Networks. As an open-source project on GitHub, Veza’s Open Authorization API allows customers and partners to learn from, and build upon, each other’s work to create a control plane that reaches all data. By bringing OAA SDK and connectors available on GitHub Community, Veza empowers customers to ingest authorization metadata previously isolated in internal systems and SaaS applications. The OAA community has already created integrations for critical SaaS apps including GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, Jira, Zendesk, Slack, Coupa Software, Pagerduty, and Looker. These integrations are available now to all Veza customers. “Veza solves the problem of aligning identities to data,” said Craig Rosen, Chief Security & Trust Officer at ASAPP. “Veza’s Open Authorization Platform helped us extend that visibility to all the apps and data that matter most to us, like GitHub and Jira. Now it is easy for our security professionals to understand (and remediate) who has access to our important intellectual property.” About Veza Veza is the authorization platform for data. Built for hybrid, multi-cloud environments, Veza enables organizations to visualize, remediate, and control who can and should take what action on what data. We empower customers to take an identity-first approach to secure data by addressing critical business needs of streamlining identity and access governance, implementing data lake security, managing cloud entitlements, and modernizing privileged access. Our Authorization Graph connects identities to data across enterprise systems, enabling analysis, monitoring, and certification of end-to-end access. Global enterprises like Blackstone, ASAPP, Barracuda Networks, Choice Hotels, and a number of Fortune 500 and emerging organizations trust Veza to secure their enterprise data. Founded in 2020, Veza is headquartered in Los Gatos, California, and is funded by Accel, Bain Capital, Ballistic Ventures, GV, Norwest Venture Partners, and True Ventures.

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Datadog Announces Integration with Amazon Security Lake

Datadog | November 30, 2022

Datadog, Inc., the monitoring and security platform for cloud applications, today announced a new integration with Amazon Security Lake. The integration, announced during AWS re:Invent, makes it easy for Amazon Security Lake users to send cloud security logs to Datadog in a standard format. Building data pipelines in order to aggregate and route security logs to various security analytics solutions can be a cumbersome and time-consuming process. For Amazon Security Lake customers, Datadog's integration provides an easy way to send security logs to Datadog with minimal configuration required. Once security logs are ingested into Datadog, customers can analyze and identify threats through out-of-the-box detection rules or by writing custom security rules. They can also do deeper investigations using Datadog's log management tools. "Amazon Security Lake makes it easier for teams to manage their cloud security data and analyze it with partner solutions of their choice," said Rod Wallace, General Manager for Amazon Security Lake. "Datadog's integration with Amazon Security Lake will allow customers to collect their security logs to improve their cybersecurity posture and send them to Datadog for analysis leveraging an open source schema." "Security threat detection and investigation is dependent on an effective logging strategy that ensures critical logs are being properly analyzed. However, managing dozens of log integrations from cloud-hosted accounts and entities can be cumbersome and lead to gaps in visibility. "Amazon Security Lake and Datadog are working together to provide an easy way to set up and manage important log integrations for Datadog Cloud SIEM, giving customers deep visibility into their most critical infrastructure." Pierre Betouin, SVP of Security Products at Datadog About Datadog Datadog is the monitoring and security platform for cloud applications. Our SaaS platform integrates and automates infrastructure monitoring, application performance monitoring and log management to provide unified, real-time observability of our customers' entire technology stack. Datadog is used by organizations of all sizes and across a wide range of industries to enable digital transformation and cloud migration, drive collaboration among development, operations, security and business teams, accelerate time to market for applications, reduce time to problem resolution, secure applications and infrastructure, understand user behavior and track key business metrics.

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