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Gazzang Unveils Image-Level Security Solutions for AWS Public Cloud Environments

Gazzang, the big data and cloud data security experts, today at AWS Summit 2014 announced the availability of a set of preconfigured Amazon Machine Images (AMI) that allow users to launch encrypted and locked-down public cloud instances from the AWS management console, or automatically via Amazon Elastic Beanstalk. The new Gazzang CloudEncrypt™ solutions were developed to help organizations move sensitive workloads into the public cloud and grow their environments as business demands warrant, all while having the confidence that the data and applications are secure and protected against unauthorized access.

"Security should be as agile and elastic as the cloud itself,” said Rich Mogull, analyst and CEO at Securosis. “Your security tools need to account for the highly dynamic nature of the cloud, where servers might pop up automatically and run for only an hour before disappearing forever."

“We are taking a unique approach to cloud security by using encryption, key management and access controls to ensure the integrity of the image and protect the data itself,” said Sam Heywood, vice president of products and marketing at Gazzang. “And because the cloud isn’t static, we designed the solutions to take on the traits of the cloud they’re protecting. That means the CloudEncrypt AMIs can scale to meet business needs and are flexible enough to work across multiple cloud applications.”

The following products are now available worldwide from Gazzang:

Gazzang CloudEncrypt for Amazon EC2

With a few clicks, AWS users can launch a secure Ubuntu image and select from a variety of databases including MongoDB, MySQL and PostgreSQL (with Apache Hadoop and Cassandra coming soon). Each image contains the exact same security configurations at boot time to make it easier for a user to spin up new instances and add them to the existing cluster. Preconfigured security includes the following:

  • High-performance transparent data-at-rest encryption and key management to secure database files, configuration and log files, directories and Amazon Elastic Block Storage (Amazon EBS) volumes
  • Access controls and Linux firewall settings that are preset to allow only certain approved processes to access encrypted data
  • Java APIs that enable users to encrypt and decrypt data moving into and out of Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Glacier
  • Settings that require HTTPS, close unused ports, shut down unnecessary services and delete data upon virtual machine termination

Gazzang CloudEncrypt for Amazon Elastic Beanstalk

AWS users can auto-scale their cloud without compromising on data security. Each new instance deployed with Gazzang CloudEncrypt for Amazon Elastic Beanstalk will be wrapped with Gazzang security applied automatically.

Gazzang CloudEncrypt for StarCluster

Gazzang is bringing its unique approach to cloud security to enable organizations to deploy secure, large-scale compute clusters on Amazon EC2 using StarCluster. Now research organizations can run sensitive workloads -- including ones in HIPAA scope -- in the public cloud. In addition to the security features resident in Gazzang CloudEncrypt for Amazon EC2, CloudEncrypt for StarCluster includes master node encryption, slave node encryption and GlusterFS encrypted secure share.

“We are excited to see Gazzang expand their CloudEncrypt product offering to further compliment AWS’ enterprise security capabilities, making it easier for customers to confidently deploy mission critical applications on AWS,” said Terry Wise, Head of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Last year, Gazzang launched CloudEncrypt for Amazon EMR, which provides data encryption and key management at every stage of the Amazon Elastic MapReduce data lifecycle.

About Gazzang

Gazzang provides data security solutions and expertise to help enterprises protect sensitive information and maintain performance in big data and cloud environments. Our technology enables SaaS vendors, health care organizations, financial institutions, public sector agencies and more to meet regulatory compliance initiatives, secure personally identifiable information and prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data and systems. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas and backed by Austin Ventures and Silver Creek Ventures. For more information, visit www.gazzang.com.

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