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Virtual Machine Encryption with SafeNet ProtectV

Cloud Data Protection at Its Best

The industry's first comprehensive cloud data protection solution, SafeNet ProtectV enables organizations to securely migrate to the cloud, encrypt entire virtual machine instances and attached storage, control access to data in the cloud, and address industry security standards and regulations.

Some of the many reasons enterprises choose SafeNet Protectv for their virtual machine encryption solution include:

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Support for popular environments

SafeNet ProtectV provides virtual machine encryption for a variety of popular public environments, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer Cloud, or VMware.

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Make the most of the cloud

Improve business agility while reducing costs with SafeNet ProtectV's unified encryption and access control capabilities.

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Control encrypted data and encryption keys

Not only can you track the circumstances surrounding data access, but you can also revoke key access if you suspect a breach has or is about to occur.

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Isolate and control virtual machine instances

SafeNet ProtectV StartGuard pre-boot authentication ensures that no virtual machine can be launched without proper authorization.

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Achieve and maintain compliance

Address PCI DSS, HITECH/HIPAA, the EU's GDPR, and other regulations by establishing clear accountability with audit trails and detailed compliance reporting.

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Gemalto SafeNet ProtectV is a complete, well-designed solution that runs seamlessly in AWS environments. ProtectV gives us a robust, well-defined process for protecting data, so we can effectively retain the control we need over our sensitive information, harnessing the business benefits of AWS cloud offerings securely.
- Marcus Fritsche, CTO, Informa Group IT



Learn More About SafeNet ProtectV's Capabilities:

Securing Data in Virtualized Data Center and Cloud Environments  

Securing Data in Virtualized Data Center and Cloud Environments - White Paper

While the cost advantages and business agility afforded by cloud services and virtualized data centers are obvious, so too are the security ramifications. This paper focuses on th....

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Informa Cloud Data Protection Case Study  

Informa - SafeNet ProtectV and KeySecure - Case Study

As Informa was looking to migrate their entire European data center to the cloud, they turned to Gemalto for a data encryption solution that would provide the required security and cont...

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SafeNet ProtectV Virtual Machine Encryption Product Brief  

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Enabling Cloud Compliance with SafeNet ProtectV  

Enabling Compliance in the Cloud - SafeNet ProtectV White Paper

Virtual data centers and cloud environments deliver unparalleled advantages in terms of cost, scalability, and agility. However, these emerging models present a range of security and com....

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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Encryption  

Virtual Machine Encryption - Azure - Product Brief

When organizations are running business-critical applications or storing and accessing sensitive data, they often need rapid access to flexible and low-cost IT resources. Cloud services f....

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Addressing PCI Compliance in the Cloud White Paper  

Addressing PCI-DSS in Cloud and Virtual Environments - ProtectV - White Paper

The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has updated their guidance on the standard to support data center consolidation and cloud migration trends by publishing spe....

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Securely Move Sensitive Workloads to the Cloud

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Security of sensitive data is the number one barrier to cloud migration. This reduces the cost savings enterprises can achieve by further virtualizing their data centers and limits their business agility, including the ability to leverage the cloud in the future.

How SafeNet ProtectV with SafeNet KeySecure Helps:

  • Maintains compliance by encrypting the entire virtual machine
  • Security policies and key management lockdown systems in the cloud
  • All virtual machine copies and snapshots are tracked and detailed audit reports can be generated
  • Organizations maintain full control of their encryption keys preventing lawful seizure without explicit consent.
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Securely Increase Data Center Virtualization

Security of sensitive and regulated data has been a barrier to further virtualization of the data center. This reduces the cost savings enterprises can achieve by further virtualizing their data centers and limits their business agility, including the ability to leverage the cloud in the future.

How SafeNet ProtectV with SafeNet KeySecure Help:

  • Physical servers protected with the same policy as virtual machines
  • Encrypts the entire virtual machine, backup and snapshots
  • Separates administration of encryption/key management from hypervisor and storage admins, eliminates admin access to sensitive data
  • Quickly renders sensitive data unreadable in the event of a breach (via key deletion)

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SafeNet ProtectV Solution Components:

  1. SafeNet ProtectV Manager – Centralized console for managing virtual machine instances and their encryption and decryption, as well as creation and management of security admin profiles, security groups and policies.

  2. SafeNet ProtectV Client – Installed on your virtual machine instances or your servers in your datacenter, the Client enforces StartGuard pre-boot authentication based on associated SafeNet ProtectV Manager security policies and permissions and encrypts data as it is written to storage.

  3. KeySecure – Hardened, highly available enterprise key/crypto management solution delivered as a hardware appliance (3a) or in a virtual platform as a virtual security appliance (3b).

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SafeNet ProtectV Technical Specifications:



Cloud Platforms Supported
Minimal System Requirements SafeNet ProtectV Manager:
  • AWS: m3.medium and larger (for production environments) / 1 volume (auto created / 8 GB)
  • VMware: Ubuntu [Linux 64 bit], 2vCPUs, 4GB memory (minimum), 1 NIC (VMXNET 3), 16GB disk

SafeNet ProtectV Client:
  • AWS: m1.small or larger instance, 256MB RAM, 100MB free disk space
  • VMware: 256MB RAM, 100MB free disk space
Client OS Support*
  • CentOS
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)
  • Ubuntu

* Refer to Customer Release Notes on the Gemalto Support Portal for the latest technical specifications and supported versions.

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