New Gazzang CloudEncrypt Provides Data Security for Amazon Elastic MapReduce Customers

Gazzang, a provider of data security solutions, has released Gazzang CloudEncrypt, offering data encryption and key management at every stage of the Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) data lifecycle. The solution aims to meet the needs of enterprises looking for maximum data security for their Amazon EMR projects.

Gazzang CloudEncrypt secures data in-flight and at-rest within Amazon EMR environments while allowing customers to maintain control of the massive volume of encryption keys and separate those keys from the data itself. Data in the cloud remains encrypted and indecipherable to all people, processes and applications that have not been given explicit access, including the cloud infrastructure provider. CloudEncrypt features automated deployment of Gazzang zNcrypt on hundreds to tens-of-thousands of Amazon EC2 instances and functionality to ensure Hadoop can use the encrypted Amazon S3 data required to execute the Amazon EMR job. MapReduce data is protected as it is written back to analytics servers, and the final results data is encrypted for transfer back to client data center. A policy-driven key management through integration with Gazzang zTrustee ensures only authorized processes can access the keys.

The encryption and key management for data in the cloud helps enterprises reduce the risks of dat breach and ensure compliance with HIPAA-HITECH, FERPA, PCI-DSS and other regulations. “The flexibility of our key management form factor and the fact that you can use and protect different keys for all of the different steps, and the fact that our key management system can support and enforce all those various policies, creates some interesting solutions for a variety of use cases,” Sam Heywood, Gazzang’s senior director of products, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Keys can be stored separate from encrypted data, either in the cloud or on premises as required by regulations or privacy laws.

Gazzang CloudEncrypt is available now. For more information, visit

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Posted February 11, 2014