Today, it is imperative for many organizations to have full control of the keys that are used for encrypting their data in the cloud and to be in a position to revoke that access (to the encrypted data) with those keys at any time. To support the customer in this, T-Systems has launched a new product , External Key Management (EKM) as announced in their press release on 30th November 2022.
Encrypting data in the cloud is a fundamental requirement of cloud security. However, using and managing data encryption keys in a public cloud is challenging. Sensitive data encryption and privacy have recently received widespread attention and focus in the IT industry. This can be partially attributed to compliance requirements such in Schrems II rulings and GDPR regulations which have made cloud providers realize that it is incumbent upon them to strive to develop new services and features to address these new data privacy requirements. AWS released at the annual AWS re:Invent 2022 their new solution External Key Store (XKS). This solution was developed after extensive collaboration between experts from AWS, HSM and key management providers, and Managed Cloud Services providers (MCS) such as our T-Systems security team.