Decru, NeoScale Add to Storage Security Offerings

Decru and NeoScale Systems have followed Vormetric with new storage security offerings of their own.

Both say they now offer protection for tape in addition to NAS, SAN, and DAS.

Decru says its new Decru DataFort T520 provides encryption, authentication, and logging capabilities for tape backup environments, bolstering a tape security product line that already included DataFort FC520, billed by the company as the first security appliance to support both Fibre Channel storage networks and tape backup.

Tapes are easily concealed and frequently entrusted to third parties for offsite storage, creating security risk. Decru says its tape security appliances protect data with strong encryption, access controls, and comprehensive auditing, ensuring that only authorized users can read sensitive data. The company’s cryptographic host authentication prevents spoofing attacks, blocking unauthorized server access and enhancing fabric security.

Decru says its AES-256 encryption has been certified by the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and the company also boasts funding from an unusual source: the CIA.

Decru says it controls access at the file system layer, and because it achieves this functionality in-line, it can do it at wire speed without disrupting applications or requiring agent software on desktops and servers.

NeoScale Updates CryptoStor for Tape

NeoScale, meanwhile, announced CryptoStor for Tape version 1.2, a high-speed tape media protection appliance that compresses, encrypts, and digitally signs stored data as it goes to tape libraries or virtual tape systems.

CryptoStor for Tape, which has been shipping since March, interoperates with common backup applications, employs hardware-based data compression, and delivers AES data encryption scalable to secure networked and direct-attached libraries in both Fibre Channel and SCSI configurations, NeoScale says, eliminating unauthorized media access threats within secondary storage consolidation, business continuity, and compliance applications.

“Managed service providers and those offering internally hosted services must constantly seek economies by aggregating infrastructure resources such as storage,” says Bill Lozoff, NeoScale’s director of business development. “By securing data stored on tape media, these services providers can eliminate access liabilities while assuring the protection of customers’ sensitive, trusted, or regulated information.”

Version 1.2 will integrate with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager and SyncSort Beyond, in addition to VERITAS, Legato, HP, and CA backup applications. By using hardware-based LZ compression, caching, and encryption processing, performance has been improved to simultaneously support multiple drives operating at full continuous burst rate, NeoScale says.

The company’s CryptoTape technology can apply a unique encryption key and reference for each tape, eliminating unauthorized access while providing for immediate recovery with the appliance or a software-only utility.

CryptoStor for Tape Version 1.2 will ship early next year, and current CryptoStor for Tape customers can upgrade to 1.2 at no additional cost.

Pricing for both the NeoScale and Decru tape offerings starts at about $20,000.

Paul Shread
Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for Time.com, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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