Virtru, a household name for data encryption and data protection, has launched an external zero trust key management solution specifically for administrators of the Google Cloud Platform (GCPs).

Virtru’s cloud-based software protects data throughout its lifecycle as it moves across email and file sharing platforms, including SaaS solutions, cloud environments and a wide variety of file ecosystems. It was designed to smooth out a normally thorny and tedious routine for security administrators.

Virtru enables administrators to manage encryption keys separately from data. In this way, you can mitigate security breaches, prevent unauthorized access and ensure that no third party – including Google and Virtru – can access the data without disrupting the data storage. Users also have a choice of how they want to host their encryption keys: locally, in a private cloud, fully hosted, or as an optional HSM integration.

Advantages of managing encryption keys separately

With the help of the external key management solution, companies can securely manage their encryption keys independently of their data in Google Workspaces, GCPs and other cloud applications. The solution protects the information in data lakes, databases, and other various containers that go through Google’s cloud computing services and AI capabilities.

With Virtru, all data that moves in the Google ecosystem has a single global framework and policy language, regardless of where the data source is generated. It can be created by users, devices, or systems.

Virtru Co-Founder and CEO John Ackerly said the solution directly addresses a widespread lack of security in “big data cloud computing”.

Zero trust security for the Google portfolio

The solution’s zero trust data standard means that Google users can now optimize GCP by extending data sovereignty from collaboration suites to cloud applications, depending on the use case.

“Virtru is now the only Google partner that brings data security to the entire Google portfolio, including key management and supports regulations such as ITAR in the US and Schrems II in the EU,” said Ackerly in a media report.

Although Virtru is a long-time partner of Google for data protection and the encryption key management recommended by Google, the new solution extends its responsibility to Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Virtru uses the open Trusted Data Format (TDF), a well-known encryption technology also used by the US National Security Agency, to create these solutions.

Developers will likely be pleased that the solution also offers integration compatibility with Kubernetes Engine, Secret Engine, Compute Engine, BigQuery, Dataflow, Cloud SQL, and Pub / Sub of the Google Cloud Platform. Virtru’s Data Protection Gateway, in conjunction with Google Cloud EKM, is also compatible with enterprise applications such as Salesforce, Zendesk and Looker.

The company said its service is being used to secure 7,000+ customers and improve collaboration skills for a network of 260,000+ domains. The average number of emails and files protected by Virtus Platform exceeds an average of 2 million per day.

Virtru’s customer base includes companies and institutions such as Next Insurance, DNA Worldwide, the state of Maryland, and the Ivy League institution Brown University.


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