Oracle releases Key Vault encryption service to centralise defence management

Oracle moves to protect firms' master keys

Oracle has released a Key Vault encryption service, designed to help IT managers more easily manage master keys and credential files in the data centre.

Key Vault is designed to help IT managers manage encryption keys and files using a browser-based management console Oracle claims will offer IT managers point-and-click administration powers and simplified server enrollment processes.

The service will include management support for multiple formats including Oracle Wallet files, Java KeyStores, Kerberos keytab files, SSH key files, and SSL certificate files.

Oracle said it has been optimised to work with existing Oracle server stacks, Real Application Clusters and Active Data Guard and GoldenGate security services.

The service is designed to make it quicker and easier to share encrypted Oracle Wallet files across database clusters or disaster-recovery environments.

The release follows widespread calls from numerous groups and government departments for the firm to improve its cloud-computing and data-centre security.

In July the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) warned companies using big data tools that they must adhere to data-protection laws, or face a hefty fine.

Oracle vice president, database security product development Vipin Samar said Key Vault will help firms avoid falling foul of watchdog organisations, such as the ICO.

“As regulations worldwide increasingly call for more data to be encrypted, organisations need a centralised solution to securely manage all the encryption keys and credential files in their data centers,” he said.

“Oracle Key Vault is a modern, standards-based product that allows organisations to reduce the overhead of regulatory compliance with a solution that protects Oracle Database encryption master keys, Oracle Wallet files, Java KeyStores and other credential files.”

Oracle is one of many firms working to improve its service’s encryption powers. Facebook confirmed plans to acquire security firm PrivateCore in a bid to improve its servers security on 8 August.

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8 August 2014 | 10:46 am – Source:

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