Venafi, Inc. a leading provider of automated encryption management solutions (including certificate management and enterprise key management products) announced today, its inclusion as a "Cool Vendor" in the Cool Vendors in Data and Infrastructure Protection, 2010 report from Gartner, Inc., published April 14, 2010 by Eric Ouellet et al.
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“We believe our inclusion in Gartner’s new Cool Vendor report reinforces the need for an enterprise system to automate the management of encryption certificates and keys in order to avoid system downtime and data breaches,” said Trell Rohovit, President and CEO of Venafi, Inc. “Without this management capability in place, we believe we will continue to see high-profile outages occur with increasing frequency and cost.”
“Venafi Encryption Director revolutionizes the way IT professionals think about key and certificate management, and we’re glad to see increased industry awareness around this problem,” Rohovit continued. “It’s nice to have recognition from Gartner, which we believe acknowledges the importance of having reliable systems for maintaining these critical assets.”
Various types of X.509 certificates (e.g., SSL certificates) are used throughout typical IT infrastructures as the de-facto credential to authenticate devices to the network and to other devices. Today, due to increased data protection requirements (government and industry regulations) and security best practices, there has been a surge in certificate inventories, which require regular maintenance. Failure to properly maintain these encryption assets can result in crippling system downtime, data breaches, and non-compliance, costing organizations millions of dollars.
Venafi Encryption Director helps organizations solve the operational challenges that come from large deployments of X.509 certificates, and Venafi solves similar challenges in other encryption systems that rely on symmetric and private keys. Director is a security platform that provides IT automation functions including discovery, monitoring, workflow automation, provisioning, auditing, secure credential storage and others.
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