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KEY MANAGEMENT AS A SERVICE

KEY MANAGEMENT AS A SERVICE

KEY MANAGEMENT AS A SERVICE HAS NOT
gotten the traction it needs. Cloud service provid-
ers (Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google) have 
remained fairly static in this area with little additional 
innovation. Low end key man-
agement requirements are very 
cost effective, but costs get out 
of control as the number of keys 
increases. Encryption key man-
agement that is not fully under 
the control of the cloud service 
provider has been the exception 
to the cloud service model, but 
this is about to change. Key-Management-as-a-Service 
(KMaaS) will be offered by independent Software-as-a-
Service providers who will leverage independent key 
management applications in a shared cloud environ-
ment. These solutions will be low-cost, multi-tenant 
solutions with a self-service model, and will offer en-
terprise options and migration paths for dedicated key 
management and key management that is deployed 
outside of the cloud platform.
KMaaS offerings will finally provide smaller organiza-
tions access to validated technologies and to technol-
ogies that are based on industry standards such as 
the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP). 
Due to the cost of traditional key management solu-
tions, smaller organizations and startups have been 
excluded from access to professional key manage-
ment. The good news is that new KMaaS offerings will 
bring low-cost solutions in within the reach of small 
and midsize organizations. 
TAKE AWAYS:
KMaaS solutions should be based on FIPS 140-2 
compliant key management solutions. 
KMaaS solutions should provide a path to both 
dedicated key management, and to key manage-
ment hosted outside of the cloud service provider 
platform. 
KMaaS solutions should provide a self-service 
model for allocating and managing the service. 
KMaaS solutions should be independent of cloud 
service provider administrative access. 
WHITE PAPER:
ENCRYPTION KEY MANAGEMENT 
IN MULTI-PLATFORM 
ENVIRONMENTS
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