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Information Lifecycle Protection

Persistent Information Security at Every Point.

Information lifecycle protection is a way to align IT strategies with business growth using a holistic framework. SafeNet's information protection solutions provide persistent protection of information at critical points in its lifecycle, wherever and however that information gets used.

Information lifecycle protection combines encryption, access policies, key management, and authentication, which allows organizations to protect identities, transactions, data, and communications. Because this same framework can be used for multiple applications, access points, and data types across the enterprise, organizations can increase operational efficiency while ensuring privacy, managing risk, and achieving regulatory compliance.

The Four Categories of the Information Lifecycle

Identities

Information feeds into the organization from both individuals and applications. In addition, many organizations’ business applications create sensitive data. This could include a card issuer application automatically generating a credit card PIN or a healthcare provider generating patient identifiers.

Transactions

Next, the business transforms and utilizes this data. Fundamentally, business systems and processes take discrete data elements (sometimes called structured data) and conduct transactions with this information, potentially involving multiple subsystems, in ways that add value to the organization. This information is ultimately transmitted into the form factors and consumption points needed by the rest of the business.

Data

As data progresses throughout its lifecycle, information ends up being created, shared, and stored in a number of locations: Individual PCs, application and database servers, file shares, storage area networks, tape drives, etc.

Communication

To make use of data, disparate systems need to communicate with each other. This can include the transmission of information across a complex mix of private, public, and semi-private networks. For years, this has been an area of clear security focus, as it was the one area that crossed perimeter and trust boundaries.

 
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Identities

Challenge: Information feeds into the organization from both individuals and applications. In addition, many organizations’ business applications create sensitive data. This could include a card issuer application automatically generating a credit card PIN or a healthcare provider generating patient identifiers.

Solution: SafeNet offers the broadest range of strong, multi-factor authentication solutions and hardware security modules (HSMs) that ensure only authorized individuals can access your organization’s sensitive information. In addition, it secures identities—enabling trust. By combining SafeNet's authentication solutions and HSMs, organizations gain the access controls that enable business, lower IT costs, and boost productivity.

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Transactions

Challenge: Next, the business transforms and utilizes this data. Fundamentally, business systems and processes take discrete data elements (sometimes called structured data) and conduct transactions with this information, potentially involving multiple subsystems, in ways that add value to the organization. This information is ultimately transmitted into the form factors and consumption points needed by the rest of the business.

Solution: SafeNet hardware security modules (HSMs) provide the highest performing, most secure, and easiest to integrate application and transaction security solutions. SafeNet HSMs are highly tamper resistant, featuring FIPS and Common Criteria validation. With a broad range of HSM offerings and a full range of API support, SafeNet HSMs enable application developers to easily integrate security into custom applications.

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Data

Challenge: As data progresses throughout its lifecycle, information ends up being created, shared, and stored in a number of locations: Individual PCs, application and database servers, file shares, storage area networks, tape drives, etc.

Solution: SafeNet delivers comprehensive data encryption and control solutions that enable you to maintain ownership of your data throughout its lifecycle—as it is created, shared, stored, and moved within and beyond your organization. SafeNet delivers secure and easy to manage key lifecycle and policy management capabilities, offering the following solution suites:

  • The Data Center Suite secures customer information, cardholder data, and social security numbers stored as structured data in databases, applications, and mainframes—as well as unstructured data kept in file servers.

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  • The Endpoint Suite protects and controls documents, pictures, patents, and designs stored as unstructured data on laptops and mobile devices, while also offering full-disk encryption for data loss prevention.

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Communication

Challenge: Enterprise network and security engineering groups must reach an appropriate balance between enabling communication and securing corporate information. Maintaining this balance becomes trickier as organizations expand and become more geographically dispersed; they need secure and transparent high-speed communications across the network to facilitate global collaboration among partners, suppliers, and customers.

Solution: Designed to integrate seamlessly into a network topology, SafeNet encryptors deliver proven reliability and scalability. With high throughput and low latency, SafeNet network security devices are the ideal solution for protecting massive amounts of data, including applications in which quality of service and continuous availability are vital.

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