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Ionic Machina and Google Cloud’s External Key Manager Make the Cloud Simple to Trust

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Mitigate Cloud Risk and Accelerate Innovation With External Key Manager

Machine-scale data protection provider Ionic announced it is a launch integrator for Google Cloud’s External Key Manager, a new offering that manages cloud risk and privacy by externalizing positive control over how cloud data, services and workloads are handled. With this integration, Ionic Machina gives Google Cloud customers external encryption key management, attribute-based access controls (ABAC), real-time policy enforcement, and auditable visibility. This new reality of customer-managed trust provides an unprecedented level of comfort for cloud migration and app modernization.

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For organizations previously unable or unwilling to move sensitive data, services or workloads to the cloud, the combination of Machina and External Key Manager offers:

  • Significantly lower risk by ensuring no single vendor has control of both the data, service or workload and the keys to access them
  • Simplified and consistent management of shared responsibility security obligations
  • Complete visibility and auditability of cloud transactions

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A controlled and secure cloud environment gives customers the ability to comfortably realize all the cost savings and innovations that make the cloud such a compelling choice.

“External Key Manager meets the market demand for customer-managed trust by introducing a third party into the risk model,” said Adam Ghetti, founder at Ionic. “Google Cloud is the first to seize the market-expanding opportunities this presents, helping our mutual customers deliver on their shared-responsibility commitments to manage security in the cloud.”

“At Google Cloud, we give enterprises a broad range of encryption options to appropriately balance risk, control, security and operational complexity when protecting cloud workloads,” said Il-Sung Lee, product manager at Google Cloud. “Today, in collaboration with Ionic, we’re bringing customers the next level of controls for their cloud environments with External Key Manager and making it easy to implement and support our customers’ governance and compliance processes.”

Coming soon to beta, External Key Manager lets you encrypt data in BigQuery and Compute Engine with keys stored and managed in a third-party key management system deployed outside Google Cloud’s infrastructure. In addition, the newly announced Key Access Justifications will provide rich additional context to Machina for each access request. The attribute-based access controls of Machina are uniquely positioned to leverage these reasons when rendering a policy decision.

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