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STC taps Thales for new cloud encryption service

Vormetric Transparent Encryption from Thales encrypts sensitive data before it leaves the enterprise

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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is adding encryption to its cloud security offering.

The Kingdom’s largest telecommunications company has partnered with Thales to provide encryption services allowing its enterprise customers encrypt their data stored in the cloud, available through its STC Cloud platform.

Enterprises are increasingly turning to cloud environments to help them save time and money. While these technologies are digitally transforming businesses, they present some challenges. Enterprise data is fair game for cybercriminals, regardless of operating environment, and meeting compliance and best practices requirements isn’t always straightforward.

Talal Albakr, vice president, cloud services at Saudi Telecom Company said the partnership with Thales is designed to deliver secure and trusted public cloud services to STC customers across the Kingdom and the wider Middle East region. “(This will) allow them to establish strong safeguards around their sensitive data and applications in the cloud, satisfying local compliance requirements and providing greater control and flexibility.”

Vormetric Transparent Encryption from Thales encrypts sensitive data before it leaves the enterprise and is saved in the cloud storage environment, enabling information security teams to establish the visibility and control they need around sensitive assets. This solution ensures that data in the STC public cloud is secure by delivering high performance encryption, access control and strong key management.

Philip Schreiber, regional sales director, at Thales eSecurity Middle East, Africa and South Asia is keen to dispel the common held belief that by moving to the cloud, businesses are relinquishing all control of their data. “By applying encryption and practicing secure encryption key management, companies can ensure that only authorized users have access to sensitive data. Even if lost, stolen, or accessed without authorisation, encrypted data is unreadable and essentially meaningless without its key.”

“STC have selected a best-in-class data encryption solution that not only ensures their customers remain firmly in control of their data but also ensures that data remains secure and trusted in their cloud environment,” Schreiber added.