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Gazzang Brings Encryption and Key Management to Amazon EMR

CloudEncrypt solution built to address security challenges of big data in the cloud

We so often hear about companies putting "customers first" that the very notion can seem trite. But when it comes to innovation, listening to and learning from your customers is an absolute imperative. At Gazzang, the company I work for, we have a mantra that borders on religious fanaticism.

“Customers First. Always.”

It’s the reason we can claim deep expertise in securing unique, enterprise-scale big data environments. It’s the reason we know cloud encryption better than anyone else. And it’s the reason no one on our customer support team owns a bed.

It was a handful of high-profile Amazon customers who gave us the impetus to build our latest cloud data security solution, Gazzang CloudEncrypt™.

Gazzang CloudEncrypt was designed to meet specific customer use cases for securing sensitive data at every stage of the Amazon EMR process. This is a very different challenge than encrypting data on a persisted cloud platform like Amazon EC2, which can be done with readily available solutions like Gazzang zNcrypt and zTrustee.

CloudEncrypt offers encryption and key management in ephemeral, burstable Amazon EMR processes. The solution, which you can read about in great detail in this white paper, addresses two very clear customer challenges associated with data security in EMR:

  1. How to ensure data is always encrypted and protected in Amazon EMR
  2. How to be sure the encryption keys (and there can be hundreds of thousands) are centrally managed either in a separate cloud instance or on-premises in the customer data center.

More detailed customer use cases are covered in the white paper, but the top three we’ve heard thus far are as follows:

  • Enabling compliance initiatives around HIPAA, PCI, FERPA and EU Data Privacy
  • Resolving data residency issues and providing the data owner with more leverage in the case of a subpoena concerns
  • Preventing unauthorized access to source and MapReduce data outputs

We're excited to bring CloudEncrypt to customers and look forward, as always, to your feedback.

More Stories By David Tishgart

David Tishgart is a Director of Product Marketing at Cloudera, focused on the company's cloud products, strategy, and partnerships. Prior to joining Cloudera, he ran business development and marketing at Gazzang, an enterprise security software company that was eventually acquired by Cloudera. He brings nearly two decades of experience in enterprise software, hardware, and services marketing to Cloudera. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

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