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NeoScale Unveils Next Evolution in Global Key Management

Expands Open API Support for Industry's Most Secure, Automated, and Interoperable Key Management Platform

MILPITAS, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- NeoScale Systems, the trusted leader in enterprise storage security solutions, today announced expanded API support for its CryptoStor KeyVault platform in tandem with the introduction of the next evolution of the company's Global Key Management vision. This visionary approach to key management, wherein systems interoperate via standard protocols to deliver a unified key management service and benefits customers by ensuring business continuity, increasing data security, and automating key management processes to maximize productivity when sharing sensitive information across the extended enterprise.

"Key management remains a critical piece of the encryption puzzle, and NeoScale's KeyVault is an important component," said Andre Blumberg, Group IT Manager, Technology & Architecture, of CLP Group and a NeoScale customer. "CLP is keen to see industry standards around encryption key management, and NeoScale is working with many IT suppliers and partners as well as standards bodies to achieve this." CLP Power, Hong Kong's largest power utility company, provides electricity to 2.3 million customers and tackled its security management and data privacy requirements for sensitive customer and financial data by implementing NeoScale CryptoStor KeyVault technology.

Available now on the CryptoStor KeyVault key management appliance, NeoScale's new open and standards-based API, PKCS#11, enables systems to access encryption and key management services from a secure platform. With PKCS#11 support as part of CryptoStor KeyVault, organizations can now scale multi-vendor encryption products while utilizing consistent key management services. The new API integrates tightly with other standard CryptoStor KeyVault features, such as centralized policy administration, key lifecycle management, secure key storage, key sharing and auditing.

"With the launch of CryptoStor KeyVault a year ago, NeoScale led the industry as the first vendor to establish a global key management vision," said Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst of the StorageIO Group. "Today, they are expanding that vision and executing it through the creation of an open and interoperable key management service network. Customers sharing sensitive information over NeoScale's key management service network benefit from extensible, scalable data security with greatly reduced operational complexity and cost."

As an alternative to vendor-specific key management solutions, NeoScale promotes the use of a key management service network that connects multiple key managers and encryption endpoints such as tape, disk devices, and backup applications. These key managers and encryption endpoints communicate using standard protocols to deliver unified multi-vendor key management services. Encryption endpoints plugged into the key management service network can take advantage of services including:

-- Consistent key policy administration, such as re-keying and retention policies -- Flexible policies that can manage vendor-specific encryption attributes for a given endpoint -- Automated key lifecycle management from key creation through deletion -- Secure key sharing, for inter-organizational information sharing among authorized parties -- Secure, hardened key archiving -- Centralized key auditing, to meet compliance obligations

NeoScale is working closely with multiple industry-standards organizations to drive standards for key management interoperability, including the recently chartered IEEE P1619.3 committee, which is focusing on standards for regulating key manager to key manager and key manager to encryption endpoint communication.

"With our Global Key Management technology, NeoScale continues to lead the industry in providing customers with unprecedented flexibility and functionality," said Barbara Nelson, CEO, NeoScale. "Our next evolution in key management provides customers with more choice than ever before by emphasizing standards and promoting interoperability through a network of key management platforms. With this, customers can deliver key management services to any application and any device in any environment."

About NeoScale Systems, Inc.

NeoScale Systems, Inc. is the trusted leader in storage security, enabling enterprise customers to achieve data privacy with the strongest security and lowest operational impact. The company's award-winning CryptoStor(R) appliances automate key management and encryption of data at rest on disk, virtual tape, or tape media. NeoScale appliances free customers from vendor lock-in through openness and interoperability. NeoScale solutions have been certified by leading storage vendors and have been deployed by more than 200 customers worldwide, including Global 500 companies, top financial institutions, healthcare organizations, government agencies, and a growing list of companies seeking to protect their organizational data. For more information, visit http://www.neoscale.com/.

NeoScale, the NeoScale logo, CryptoStor, and CryptoStor KeyVault are trademarks or registered trademarks of NeoScale Systems Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other company and product names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

NeoScale Systems, Inc.

CONTACT: Kathleen Bermea-Sullivan of Trainer Communications,
+1-720-480-5501, [email protected], for NeoScale Systems, Inc.

Web site: http://www.neoscale.com/

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