HP Adds Voltage To Security Offerings With Acquisition

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Voltage Security offers encryption aimed at cloud and big data environments

HP has agreed to acquire Voltage Security, a company founded in 2002 that specialises in protecting data across multiple environments, including data centres and mobile platforms.

The company’s technology will become part of HP’s Atalla security portfolio, which is intended to help companies protect data as it interacts with payment systems or cloud-based services.

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HP“With Voltage, HP plans to offer customers unparalleled data protection capabilities built to close the gaps that exist in traditional encryption and tokenisation approaches,” HP executive Art Gilliland said in a blog post announcing the deal.

“This is particularly important for enterprises that interact with financial payments systems, manage workloads in the cloud, or whose sensitive data flows into Hadoop for analytics – making them attractive targets for cyber-attackers.”

Voltage’s technology allows companies to use encrypted data in applications without having to rework those applications or adopt fragmented approaches, according to Gilliland.

Instead, Voltage makes use of a single framework that extends across the data centre to cloud and Hadoop environments, Gilliland said.

Identity-based encryption

He also singled out Voltage’s identity-based encryption technology, intended to secure email communications both on-premises and on mobile devices.

Voltage said it has clients in the financial services, healthcare, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, media, military, oil and gas and education sectors.

Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the first half of HP’s fiscal 2015, were not disclosed.

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