Maintain Your Control on IBM Cloud: BYOK

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By: Felix Ekwueme

Now you can bring your own disk encryption key to the IBM Cloud with IBM Cloud Databases and IBM Key Protect.

The internet continues to provide us with many things: social platforms, video streaming, emails (way too many of them, at times), etc.—just to name a few. As the internet uncovers new data sources and evolving technology applies it in innovative ways, businesses now (more than ever) have access to valuable insights that can significantly improve management decision-making and business performance. This has resulted in making data an important natural resource as it continues to grow exponentially. 

A win for the field of data mining of course, but somewhat of a liability for those tasked with data protection.

Every action and event occurring in today's highly connected world could be represented as valuable data. With this also comes the risk of big security problems. This has been made evident from the growing rise of data breaches and increases in regulation to curtail security and privacy concerns. 

At IBM Cloud, we strongly believe that organizations that collect, store, manage, or process data have an obligation to handle it responsibly. We take that trust seriously. As a global leader in enterprise security, IBM has a unique perspective on these rapidly growing threats and is devoting time to innovation in ensuring the security, privacy, and freedom of what matters most to you—your data.

Regulate key management with IBM Cloud Databases and IBM Key Protect

By managing your own keys, you can better protect your data and improve compliance. We understand that customers in regulated industries, such as financial services and healthcare, value peace of mind. That's why we’re committed to providing you with more control over how you manage your data and security on IBM Cloud Databases through integrations with the IBM Key Protect.

Simply bring your own disk encryption key to the IBM Cloud—AKA Bring Your Own Key (BYOK)

Encryption with Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) enables businesses to retain control over access to their encrypted data at rest. When companies have concerns about how their data is shared, encryption with BYOK is one way to mitigate the risk of unintentional or unknown exposure.

Organizations subject to industry and government regulations or with particularly stringent data access requirements may want to retain more control over their data and encryption. In such cases, these businesses may not want a storage provider holding the key that could unlock their data.

BYOK also provides the ability to do the following:

  • Manage transparency and access to your organization’s encryption keys.
  • Give the right users and services access to the right data while ensuring the protection of individual rights and privacy.
  • Reduce set-up and maintenance costs of additional security infrastructure with easy integration.

IBM Cloud Databases: Built for enterprise

We know stability and security are paramount for enterprise applications. That's why we (in order to protect your application against single data center outages) always deploy in a Multi-AZ architecture in IBM Cloud public regions, with a 99.95% SLA.

We provide data-in-motion encryption through TLS and at-rest encryption for data on disk and backups. For data at rest, you can bring your own key using IBM Key Protect and manage its lifecycle.

More benefits of using IBM Cloud Databases:

  • Lower prices and serverless scaling of Disk and RAM.
  • Integration with IBM Cloud through Identity and Access Management, Resource Groups, Activity Tracker, and Monitoring
  • HIPAA-ready for Healthcare workloads

Try it out

So do you want the power and flexibility of the public cloud but are concerned about losing control over data security? We have just the solution in mind and it has a little (or A LOT ) to do with IBM Key Protect!  

Get started today by checking out the IBM Cloud Catalog and Explore How to Use Key Protect.

We can't wait to see what you get started on next. 

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