Reaching for a key

Oracle Key Vault helps customers manage encryption keys

As agencies increasingly encrypt data at rest and on the network, managing all the encryption keys and credential files in an active data center has become a major challenge for system admins and data center managers.

To address the need for robust and flexible key management, Oracle introduced a software appliance designed to securely manage encryption keys and credential files in the enterprise.

The Oracle Key Vault provides secure, centralized management of encryption keys and credential files, including Oracle wallet files, Java KeyStores, Kerberos keytab files, SSH key files and SSL certificate files.

Optimized for the Oracle technology stack, including Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Key Vault can be deployed seamlessly in operating environments, the company said in an announcement.

The solution archives credential files in a master repository, supporting fast, easy file sharing and recovery. A  browser-based management console offers point-and-click administration, simplified server enrollment and audit reports. Because it is based on the OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP), Oracle Key Vault can manage keys from KMIP-compliant clients, the company said.

“As enterprises implement encryption in their middleware, database and operating systems, key management becomes increasingly complex and difficult. Enterprises need a means of sensibly and securely managing those keys,” said Carl Olofson, IDC research vice president, application development and deployment.

“Oracle has developed Oracle Key Vault to give customers the advantage of a standards-based solution, optimized for the Oracle technology stack, for centralized management of their encryption keys.”

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