ThinkGrid, the world’s first platform vendor enabling real IT services from the cloud, today launched a new encryption service designed to give customers greater confidence in cloud adoption. Powered by data loss prevention specialist Cryptzone, ThinkGrid Cloud Encryption can be purchased as part of a full portfolio of cloud services to encrypt all data that resides on or is taken from the company’s cloud platform. Based on AES 256 Bit encryption, this is the first service of its kind to address the barrier of data security that prevents certain organisations from adopting cloud computing. As with all ThinkGrid services, ThinkGrid Cloud Encryption (thinkgrid.com) is purchased on a monthly, per user basis allowing customers to continue to benefit from the on-demand, Opex-based usage model.
“Security is clearly the last remaining barrier to mainstream business adoption of the cloud but it’s a problem that few, if any, cloud service providers are able to currently address, ” said Rob Lovell, ThinkGrid CEO. “Our cloud platform has become a highly attractive alternative to on-premise IT, as it removes a significant amount of the IT management burden, as well as Capex investments in hardware and software. Nonetheless, there are certain organisations that want these advantages but are limited by compliance regulations. For example, healthcare organisations are governed by privacy laws around medical records, which strictly prohibit them from moving unencrypted data from their internal databases.”
ThinkGrid Cloud Encryption protects all files including E:s that are migrated to ThinkGrid’s Cloud platform rendering all this data inaccessible without the correct decryption keys. This means that all data remains encrypted even if a user removes or copies it from ThinkGrid’s infrastructure. The service is based on Cryptzone’s Data Leak Prevention solution and is the first of its kind to integrate AES 256 Bit encryption technology into a cloud platform. The service can be obtained from ThinkGrid’s network of partners that also offer its full portfolio of Hosted Virtual Desktop, Exchange, VoIP, Software-as-a-Service and Virtual Server Infrastructure.
“Cloud encryption further enhances the broader security benefits of this IT model, particularly in high risk areas such as remote working. Businesses no longer have to worry about lost or stolen devices as all applications and data reside in the cloud and are now fully encrypted, ” added Lovell.