Archive for July 12, 2021

Keyfactor Partners With Google Cloud Certificate Authority Service

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 12, 2021 by itnerd

Today, cybersecurity company Keyfactor announced a partnership with Google Cloud Certificate Authority Service (CAS). The integration combines Keyfactor’s certificate lifecycle automation with Google’s cloud-native private CAS to meet the needs of security, infrastructure and application teams in the cloud.

Keyfactor + Google CA Service

Google Cloud Platform’s CAS allows teams to simplify the deployment and management of private CAs for their cloud-native workloads and applications. Now, Keyfactor customers can plug directly into Google CAS to seamlessly integrate cloud-based private CAs into their overall enterprise PKI (public key infrastructure) strategy.

Using the flexible AnyCA Gateway, Keyfactor synchronizes in real-time via the Google Certificate Authority Service API to continuously inventory every certificate issued. With a complete inventory, PKI teams will now have a centralized view into the health and status of all certificates, backed by powerful protocol-based and out-of-the-box automation.

Integration features/benefits:
 

  • Multi-CA, multi-cloud: Keyfactor provides a comprehensive view of all machine identities in a single console via public and private CA integrations, network-based discovery, and authenticated discovery of key and certificate stores.
  • Self-service: Application owners can quickly request and provision certificates automatically via a user-friendly self-service interface or RESTful APIs.
  • Auto-enrollment: Google-issued certificates can be auto-enrolled via protocol-based automation, such as SCEP or ACME, using proxies built into the Keyfactor platform.
  • Automated provisioning: Keyfactor Orchestrators automatically renew and provision certificates to multiple servers, devices and network endpoints.
  • DevOps & IoT integrations: Native integrations and plugins make it easy for teams to automate certificate deployment to popular tools such as HashiCorp Vault, Jenkins, Kubernetes, Istio service mesh, and more.
  • Flexible deployment: Customers can deploy certificate lifecycle automation (CLA) within their datacenter, in Google Cloud Platform, or as a service (CLAaaS).

To read more about the integration, visit: https://www.keyfactor.com/blog/keyfactor-and-google-cloud-certificate-authority-service/

For Google’s official announcement, visit: https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/identity-security/google-cloud-certificate-authority-service-is-now-ga

OVHcloud & Megaport Team Up To Support Enterprise-Grade Hybrid & Multicloud Strategies

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 12, 2021 by itnerd

OVHcloud announced its upgraded private and secure interconnection offering to help companies support their cloud strategies, maximize their business continuity and benefit from a greater freedom of choice to orchestrate a set of tailor-made services. Now available in Canada, the OVHcloud Connect solution is based on OVHcloud’s global network expertise and powered by a strong partnership with Megaport, a leading Network as a Service (NaaS) provider. 

The adoption of multi-vendor and hybrid cloud technologies (combining private, public and/or on-premise cloud environments) continues to be a hot topic in IT news. OVHcloud is enhancing access to these technologies by unveiling OVHcloud Connect Provider, a solution developed in partnership with Megaport, that allows customers to securely connect between their cloud service providers and OVHcloud data centres. 

This offering is in addition to the OVHcloud Connect Direct solution, the most secure way to build a decentralized hybrid cloud, via direct and private connections between OVHcloud’s data centres and the customer’s on-premise infrastructure. 

Multicloud access reinforced by a strong partnership 

With this announcement, OVHcloud strengthens its global presence in partnership with Megaport, a world leader in cloud connectivity services. OVHcloud customers will now be able to rely on the global coverage of more than 700 enabled locations to interconnect their services with the providers of their choice. 

OVHcloud is also increasing its access into more Megaport points of presence. This is an opportunity for enterprises around the world to combine their existing infrastructure with an open, reversible, and interoperable cloud. 

Granting more flexibility for companies 

Several options are available to customers wishing to interconnect their services with OVHcloud Connect, between the number of private links and the traffic capacity for each (from 200 Mbps to 10 Gbps). The traffic offered on the OVHcloud network is included in the displayed rates, making the costs transparent and predictable for the customer. 

The OVHcloud Connect solution allows users to connect to OVHcloud infrastructures in a completely private way, and from anywhere in the world. First launched in Europe, this solution is now available in Canada, and in Singapore for the APAC region. 

To celebrate the expansion of the OVHcloud Connect portfolio in North America, join Jon Druker (Product Marketing Manager, OVHcloud) and Paul McGuinness (Head of Solutions, Europe, Megaport) for an exclusive onboarding session on July 13: Register here.  

Amazon Wants To Monitor You In Your Sleep… Ok… Sure… Right

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 12, 2021 by itnerd

Amazon is a pretty invasive company when it comes to monitoring your activities. And it looks like they’re going next level on that front. They have won U.S. permission to use radar to monitor consumers’ sleep habits:

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday granted Amazon.com Inc. approval to use a radar sensor to sense motion and “enable contactless sleep tracing functionalities.” Amazon on June 22 asked the FCC, which regulates airwave uses, for permission to market a device that uses radar. The technology captures movement in three dimensions, enabling a user to control its features through simple gestures and movements, the company said in a filing. The capability, according to Amazon, could help people with “with mobility, speech, or tactile impairments,” and it could monitor sleep with a high degree of precision.

Do I really want Amazon monitoring my sleep? Yes there is sleep monitoring from Apple for example. But I know that my sleep data from my Apple Watch stays with me. Where is the data that Amazon is gathering going? What is Amazon going to do with it? It’s likely too early to answer that question. But I think we should be asking that question now seeing as you are likely to be seeing products with this tech coming soon from Amazon. And by that point it may be too late to have that conversation.