Cloud Security , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development

Control Your Own Keys

WinMagic's Hickman on the Push to Lock Down Cloud Services

The vast majority of cloud services today store - and manage - all related cryptographic keys for customers. But in the post-Snowden era, there's an increasing push for organizations that use cloud services to better control and lock down those environments, in part by better managing the key that keep them secure, says Mark Hickman, chief operating officer of security firm WinMagic.

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In this interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Fraud and Data Breach Summit in San Francisco, Hickman discusses:

  • The impetus for cloud service users to own their own keys;
  • How key management challenges - and approaches - have evolved;
  • Regional variations and concerns relating to key management;
  • How key management relates to the Apple-FBI cryptographic debate.

Before becoming COO of WinMagic, Hickman served as the company's global vice president of sales. He also previously served as the country manager for RightNow Technologies and as a director at BEA Systems.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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