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Townsend Security Data Privacy Blog

Encryption & Key Management & System Logging & Data Security & Partnerships

Posted by Michelle Larson on Jan 2, 2014 10:07:00 AM

Our Top Five Blogs of 2013

#1 top blog of 2013

As we start off 2014, take a look back at five of our most popular blogs from the past year. Great topics, great content… and more to come!

MySQL and Encryption Key Management - 3 Ways Alliance Key Manager Encrypts MySQL Database and Protects Encryption Keys

Summary: With a strong encryption key management solution you can encrypt data in a number of ways in MySQL databases to meet compliance regulations for proper encryption key management. MySQL is the most popular open source relational database system and is in wide use in commercial and non-commercial environments. It is natural that developers and security professionals want to know how to encrypt sensitive information stored in MySQL databases.
Download:  eBook – Encryption Key Management Simplified


#2 top blog of 2013AES vs PGP: What is the Difference?

Summary: AES is a symmetric key encryption algorithm, which essentially means that the same key is used for the encryption and decryption of the data. PGP uses symmetric and asymmetric keys to encrypt data being transferred across networks. The encryption PGP offers is just as strong as that of AES, but it adds the additional security that prevents anyone with just the public key from being able to decrypt data that was previously encrypted with it.  AES is fast and works best in closed systems and large databases; PGP should be used when sharing information across an open network, but it can be slower and works better for individual files.
Download:  Webinar – 4 solutions for Data Privacy Compliance


#3 top blog of 2013Understanding Log Management on the IBM i

Summary: System logging is important across all operating systems… Because the IBM i system can handle multiple applications, it doesn’t log information like others do.  The IBM i collects logs simultaneously from multiple sources and deal with large volumes: Up to 3,500 events per second…250 Million of events per day!  The essence of good reporting is externalizing the systems logs and collecting them in a central repository which helps remove the risk of tampering. Compliance regulations recognize the need to watch all users – including the most powerful users, because network originated threats to the IBM i are often not noticed or quickly responded to by IT security professionals without close monitoring of system logs.
Download:  Webinar – Understanding System Logging on the IBM i


#4 top blog of 2013Why Partner With Townsend Security? What To Look for in a Strong Technology Partner

Summary: Businesses only want to partner with a technology company that has a good reputation. Mark Foege (Business Development Consultant and Principal at the Colvos Group) recounted, “...and that’s why they were excited to partner with Townsend Security. We realize that everything we do impacts the reputation of our partners. That’s why it’s important to us to provide solid, high value products, to make sure we are offering consistently first class support, and we work with our partners to make sure that their customers are completely delighted." Watch the YouTube Video with Townsend Security CEO Patrick Townsend and Mark Foege, they outline the importance of building strong technology partnerships for success, and what to look for in a partner.


#5 top blog of 2013What is Encryption Key Management?
Key Lifecycle & Rotation Explained

Summary: Encryption key management refers to the ability of a system to administer an encryption key through the length of its crypto-cycle. From the creation of a key, through it’s use, and eventually to its deletion, an encryption key management system needs to be able to securely and efficiently handle the encryption keys.
Download:  eBook  - Encryption Key Management Simplified



Do you have topics you want to learn more about?  Let us know by leaving a comment here, we will get back to you with an answer... and probably blog about it too!

Topics: System Logging, Data Security, Best Practices, Encryption Key Management, Partner

Townsend Security 2011 Partner Training

Posted by Robbn Miller on Mar 15, 2011 9:19:00 AM
partner trainingI invited a partner to come down from Seattle to learn about our key management appliance, Alliance Key Manager. It started innocently enough, we planned to meet on February 21st and discuss our encryption, key management and system logging solutions in the context of PCI compliance.  A week later, I received a call from an Australian partner asking to come by our office for training on Feb 21st. They were going to be in Seattle after the RSA Conference. I told them they were in luck, we were coincidentally conducting a training session on that very day, come to our office, we would love to host them. 

We had two partners confirmed, why not ask a few more? Turns out some others were available as well.  Voila! The first annual  Townsend Security Partner Training was underway!!

The day started with a tour of our new offices- a must-see when in the Seattle area!! Training began with an overview of FTP Manager and PGP encryption.  Our latest release of FTP Manager, our managed file transfer offering, brings support for encrypted PDF and encrypted ZIP files as well as PGP administrative enhancements

Break! After a fabulous lunch at a local Italian restaurant, we delved into the world of encryption key management, database encryption, and system logging.

Patrick Townsend, Founder & CTO, addressed the importance of encryption & key management as a means of protecting data and meeting PCI compliance. The renewed focus on "Dual Control" and "Separation of Duties" by QSA auditors is forcing many IBM i customers to move from homegrown key management to a better method of securing encryption keys.  He explained how compliance auditors requirements have evolved from "you must encrypt" to "don't store your keys with your encrypted data" to "protect keys with a key manager" and are now converging on the message "that key manager should be FIPS-140 certified."

Finally, partners were introduced to what an end-user sees when we work with them.  We took them through a pre-sales walkthrough and through a post-sales support ticket.  Eppy Thatcher, one of our senior support engineers, walked everyone through a demonstration of Alliance Key Manager and LogAgent.  A few of our partners were surprised to learn that some compliance regulations require collecting system logs. Eppy showed  them how Alliance LogAgent can communicate with any SIEM solution and help satisfy system log requirements.

By the end of the day, everyone walked away with a solid understanding of how our solutions work and how they can help meet compliance regulations.  Our partners saw the benefits of being able to offer their customers NIST and FIPS-140 certified encryption and key management solutions. They realize that these certifications will guarantee encryption and key management is done correctly.

If you are interested in becoming a partner or attending the next partner training session, please let us know.

Robbn Miller, Channel Manager

Topics: Alliance Key Manager, Partner

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