Interview with Gilad Parann-Nissany of Porticor

By Gilad Parann-Nissany (Profile)
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Tuesday, November 13th 2012
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VSM: It’s been a while since we’ve spoken, not since Q1 around Porticor’s company and initial product launch. What has the company been up to?

GPN: Thank you for asking. Porticor has been growing on the customer and partner front, and working hard on product innovations, which is why we are talking today. Since our launch we have signed key partnerships, including with Amazon Web Services, VMware, and HP. Customers and the industry continue to validate our solution, and Porticor this year has won some significant industry honors, including being named as the Most Innovative Company of the Year by the Stevie Awards Program.

VSM: And you have a new major release with the Porticor Virtual Private Data security solution? Can you tell us about it?

GPN: Yes, we have extended the functionality of the Porticor Virtual Data system to now protect and keep confidential the encryption keys while they are in use, further protecting data in virtual and cloud environments. As a result, we are helping to assure organizations that they can trust their virtual and cloud data to be safe.

VSM: How is this different than what Porticor previously released to protect organizations’ private data stored in virtual and cloud environments?

GPN: Porticor’s new release protects the encryption keys while in use, and previously the solution protected only data at rest. Specifically, the earlier solution introduced the industry to our patented split-key encryption technology, which protects data encryption keys while they are stored (at rest) by keeping the keys safely in the hands of the customer, not the security vendor or cloud service provider. We have now added the additional security assurance to protect the encryption keys even while in use.

VSM: What are the new use cases that can now be achieved securely in the cloud, and why?

GPN: With this new solution, there are many new private cloud and public cloud use case applications that open up. For example, a virtual bank service that must segregate and encrypt users’ data can now fully benefit from a virtual environment using this solution. Using Porticor, the ISV can now provide a secured virtual bank service while using a public cloud infrastructure. The ISV does not trust anyone but itself with the encryption keys and provides trust and control to its end users, while knowing the most sensitive data – its encryption keys – are secured while at rest and while in use.

VSM: Aren’t there current solutions already available addressing these issues?

GPN: No solution available keeps data encryption keys securely in the hands of the customer; and specific to Porticor’s new release, no solution available protects encryption keys while they are in use to fully secure virtual and cloud data. This is because of an innovation Porticor has rolled out which is the industry’s first commercial use of a highly technical mathematical algorithm called partially-homomorphic encryption technology.