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Twelve Companies Demonstrate Interoperability for OASIS KMIP and PKCS #11 Encryption and Cryptographic Token Interface Standards at RSA 2015

San Francisco, CA, USA (PRWEB) April 21, 2015

An RSA 2015 stand-out is the multi-vendor showcase hosted by the OASIS open standards consortium in which 12 vendors demonstrate their support for standards and interoperability between their products. The event spotlights two of the industry’s most widely-adopted security standards–the OASIS Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) and the Public-Key Cryptography Standard (PKCS) #11.

“The OASIS 2015 interoperability demonstration is a small window into the large, expanding reality of market proven interoperability between enterprise key managers, cryptographic devices and range of storage, security and cloud products,” said Tony Cox, OASIS KMIP Technical Committee Chair and Interoperability Event Lead. “Demonstrating interoperability between enterprise key managers and HSMs, U2F tokens, OTP tokens, and storage appliances opens up the reality of choice for CIOs, CSOs and CTOs. They can now choose the best-of-breed, vendor agnostic solutions that suit their organization’s current and future requirements, secure in the knowledge that interoperability is not an unknown variable but a clearly defined constant.”

KMIP Interop

KMIP enables true interoperable communication between key management clients and key management servers. The RSA demo shows clients from Cryptsoft, Fornetix, and P6R communicating with key management servers from Cryptsoft, Dell, Fornetix, HP, IBM, Thales, and Vormetric. The clients and servers demonstrate the full key management life-cycle including creating, registering, locating, retrieving, deleting, and transferring symmetric and asymmetric keys and certificates between vendor systems. The Interop provides an excellent opportunity to see multiple versions KMIP in practice (1.0, 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 are demonstrated), showing the value of KMIP as the standard for enterprise key management operations in multi-vendor environments.

PKCS #11 Interop

The PKCS#11 delivers an API for cryptographic token devices. The demonstration feature applications from Cryptosense, Cryptsoft, Feitian, Oracle, Utimaco, and Vormetric, and devices from Cryptsoft, Feitian, Oracle, and Utimaco. Vendor-independent storage of cryptographic information and performance of cryptographic functions are shown, including generating, finding and using cryptographic objects with combinations of one or more symmetric keys, asymmetric keys, or certificates between vendor systems. Here too, support for a range of PKCS11 versions are demonstrated, showing the value of PKCS #11 as the standard for interacting with cryptographic devices in multi-vendor environments.

The OASIS KMIP and PKCS #11 Interops are being held at RSA Conference 2015 in Booth 1921 from 20-24 April.

Support for KMIP and PKCS #11 Demos

Tim Hudson, Cryptsoft CTO: “As a major OEM technology supplier, Cryptsoft is aware that the OASIS KMIP and PKCS #11 standards are the preferred key management and cryptographic capa-bility foundations for enterprise data security implementations. Multiple significant changes in the enterprise security trust landscape has fueled further demand for interoperable open standards based solutions that facilitate management insight and control of data and cryptographic devices alike. Supplying OASIS conformant solutions helps ensure that these demands are met practically and securely without sacrificing interoperability.”

Chuck White, Fornetix CTO: “Were excited to demonstrate our KMIP Server and Client in-teroperability at the OASIS KMIP Interop RSA 2015. The KMIP specifications provide structure for objects, attributes and actions which align well with Fornetixs implementation of policy and workflow automation in key lifecycle management. Participating as part of KMIP TC has been a great opportunity to work with industry at a time when the technology’s application is exploding and the need for standards based approaches hasn’t been greater.”

Albert Biketi, HP Security, Atalla general manager: “HP is proud to be an original active member of the OASIS KMIP Technical Committee and continues to drive KMIP adoption with industry partnerships to benefit customers. HP Enterprise Secure Key Manager (ESKM), a certified KMIP-conformant server, assists HP customers with KMIP-enabled storage solutions to deploy a secure, reliable point of management for their business-critical encryption keys across their enterprise.”

Rick Robinson, IBM Product Management, Encryption and Key Management: “IBM is proud to participate again in this years KMIP Interop. Development and adoption of standards, especially those pertaining to key management, are critical for our customers success. On behalf of our customers, IBM brings leadership in intelligence, integration and expertise to data protection through its contributing to and promotion of this global standard.”

Markus Flierl, Oracle Solaris VP: “As cryptography is becoming an expected part of on premise and cloud deployments, we are excited by the benefits of enterprise key management interoperability to make enterprise administration easier and safer. We support the OASIS PKCS11 standard efforts and are excited about making your data more secure.”

Richard Moulds, Thales e-Security VP strategy: “As a founding TC member and KMIP author, Thales e-Security is pleased to support industry-wide standards that make encryption easier to adopt. Our keyAuthority hardware appliance delivers high-performance and high-assurance for customers as they deploy new encryption applications that require centralized key management. However, as highlighted in this years Encryption and Key Management Trends report, sponsored by Thales, key management remains a major stumbling block for organizations. We look forward to showcasing keyAuthority with our industry peers dedicated to open standards and interoperability.”

Derek Tumulak, Vormetric VP of product management: “KMIP and PCKS#11 are industry standards enabling organizations to adopt encryption and key management enterprise-wide. Were happy to support these open standards as part of the Vormetric Data Security Platform. Our platform helps reduce enterprise cost with a single data security solution for protecting information in traditional database, application server, file server, Cloud, Big Data, and a number of third party environments through our support of open standards.”

Additional information:

OASIS KMIP Technical Committee

OASIS PKCS 11 Technical Committee

About OASIS:

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide standards for security, cloud computing, Web services, the Smart Grid, content technologies, business transactions, emergency management, and other applications. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology. OASIS members broadly represent the marketplace of public and private sector technology leaders, users, and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries.







RightAnswers and InSource Join Forces to Provide ServiceNow Users with Knowledge Management and IT Consulting Services in the Cloud


Las Vegas (PRWEB) April 20, 2015

RightAnswers, Inc., the #1 provider of cloud-based knowledge management, web and mobile self-service and social knowledge solutions for IT support and customer service, and InSource, a leading professional services provider in the Mid-Atlantic, announced today a strategic partnership to provide a powerful knowledge management and self-service to ServiceNow customers.

RightAnswers Knowledge Hub for ServiceNow is the only ServiceNow-certified knowledge management software. It integrates with the ServiceNow Service Management platform to provide powerful knowledge management and IT service automation in a single interface, enhancing efficiency and productivity of the support organization. Using RightAnswers, support agents and self-service users quickly find answers to resolve issues faster.

InSource, a ServiceNow Preferred Solutions Partner, is recognized by ServiceNow for its commitment, training, and consistently high customer satisfaction ratings in providing ServiceNow implementations.

RightAnswers and InSource share a passion and commitment to delivering the best in customer support, onboarding, and best practice processes, said Bill Pollie, Executive Vice President, International Sales and Business Development, RightAnswers. As a trusted advisor to various ServiceNow clients, InSource understands how important knowledge can be to a successful support strategy and why RightAnswers is the best solution to deliver results in a ServiceNow environment.

We aim to help companies look outside IT to improve their processes, and RightAnswers knowledge management achieves the goal of enhancing the support our customers can provide, explained David Silverstein, Partner and Vice President Business Development InSource.

Visit RightAnswers at booth #708 at Knowledge15, April 1924 in Las Vegas, to see a demo of the knowledge management and self-service software integrated with ServiceNow.

To learn more about InSource service offerings, visit booth #714 at Knowledge15.

About RightAnswers

RightAnswers is the #1 provider of cloud-based knowledge management, web and mobile self-service and social knowledge solutions to enhance customer service and IT support. Our 450+ clients around the globe use RightAnswers seamlessly integrated with their CRM, ITSM or other customer service software to deliver stellar support experiences while saving millions of dollars a year.

About InSource

InSource is one of the leading professional services firms in the Mid-Atlantic. As a Preferred Solutions partner of ServiceNow, InSource delivers a broad range of consulting services and expertise focused on IT Governance and Strategy, Enterprise Applications, and Infrastructure Services.







Home Goods Retailer Blends Art and E-Commerce with Dynamic Imaging


Rochester, NY (PRWEB) April 15, 2015

Shibumi Homes founder chose the title Chief Creative Force for a reason. Julie Wienen launched her business with the twin objectives of engaging online buyers with customizable home goods, and of highlighting individual artists outstanding work in textile design. Researching how to achieve this goal led Wienen and her team of Web developers at Wick Creative to LiquidPixels LiquiFire dynamic imaging solutions. Using on-demand dynamic imaging enabled the Shibumi team to build an interactive e-commerce storefront that offers photorealistic visualization of products that are ready to be produced at the moment the shopper decides to buy. ShibumiHome.com launched in March.

With a value proposition that relies on the high-quality, original work of independent artists, it is critical for Shibumi Home to compellingly and accurately visualize each design. The finished, delivered product must be indistinguishable from its online product image. LiquiFire dynamic imaging allows Wienen to acquire fabric pattern swatches from a designer and apply them digitally to any Shibumi Home product. This eliminates prototype production and product photography costs while enabling Wienen to easily add new fabric patterns to the online catalog as they become available.

Wienen says, Customers love what they can see. For instance, our interactive designer lets shoppers mix and match pillows on a couch; its a big hit, and it makes it more likely that theyll purchase. Dynamic imaging really opens up the options of what you can show your customers.

Although custom product visualization was what led Wienen to discover LiquidPixels online imaging solutions, it was LiquiFires automated web-to-print functionality that sealed the deal for her. She hadnt known in advance about this capability, which can generate print-ready files on the fly from the digitally prepared images already in use online. Streamlining the asset production and maintenance in this way was a benefit whose value she recognized immediately. As a small business owner, not having to maintain separate image repositories for online and print use is huge, Wienen says.

ShibumiHome.com is built on the Shopify e-commerce platform and since launch has been seeing almost 50% of e-commerce traffic coming from mobile sources. LiquidPixels CTO Marc Spencer observed, What Julie and her team have created with Shibumi Home is an outstanding combination of the technological and merchandising benefits of LiquiFire dynamic imaging. She has created the kind of online shopping experience the Web was only dreaming of when we founded LiquidPixels in 2000. Spencer added, Think about fifteen years ago: we could never have envisioned the proliferation of devices and platforms the Web supports today. But we built LiquiFire to adapt as the Web evolved. Our inherent support for responsive imaging and easy integration into our customers varied environments has proven that LiquiFire continues to be at the cutting edge of online imaging.

ABOUT LIQUIDPIXELS, INC.

LiquidPixels is leading the imaging revolution. Built on open standards, its LiquiFire dynamic imaging solutions integrate into existing Web and workflow environments, enhancing product creation and visualization while reducing production costs. LiquidPixels makes its patented technology available as a hosted service or via on-site enterprise servers with solutions that may be tailored to each customers unique needs.

ABOUT SHIBUMI HOME

Shibumi Home (http://www.shibumihome.com) is a convenient and fun way to shop for unique home decor. Customers create decorative pillows, table linens and more in never-before-seen patterns from up-and-coming artists. Featuring easy-care products made for real life, Shibumi Home makes it simple for savvy shoppers to create completely customized products that show off their personal style.

For more information, contact:

David K. Jones, V.P. Sales & Marketing

LiquidPixels, Inc.

866-808-4937 x307

sales(at)liquidpixels.com

Julie Wienen, Chief Creative Force

Shibumi Home

303-995-3337

julie(at)shibumihome.com







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ACM Council on Women Honors Innovator in Database Systems, Stanfords Jennifer Widom Launched Entirely New Research Areas in the Database Field


New York, NY (PRWEB) April 07, 2015

Jennifer Widom has had a profound impact on the database field, said Judith Olson, who heads the ACM-W awards committee. Her contributions have influenced both the direction of research and of commercial products. But just as important, she is passionate about teaching, be it in the classroom or through her highly successful series of MOOCs.

Widom introduced the fundamental concepts and architectures of active database systems, a major area of research in the database field today. Active database systems allow application developers to embed logic into the database that allow actions to be executed when certain conditions are met. Active database systems have had a major impact on commercial database management systems, and most modern relational databases include active database features.

Widom made fundamental contributions to the study of semi-structured data management. Semi-structured data management systems are a key technology to support many advanced applications today, such as genomic databases, multimedia applications and digital libraries. Widom led the Lore project, which made important contributions on how to share, index and query semi-structured data sets, and developed the Lorel query language. Lorel has had a major impact on the research community, and many of its concepts have been applied to the design of query languages for XML data.

Widom has made valuable contributions to data provenance, managing uncertain data, query processing on data streams, combining databases and the Web, and data transformation and data warehouses, in addition to her work on active and semi-structured database systems.

Widom is the author of more than 150 refereed conference and journal articles on database management systems. She has published many highly cited and influential papers and several of her papers have received awards years after publication for their lasting scientific significance.

Background

Jennifer Widom is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she currently also serves as Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the School of Engineering. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, she was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Almaden Research Center.

Widom has co-authored textbooks widely used for teaching database systems design, use and implementation. She has served as editor of ACM Transactions on Database Systems (TODS), VLDB Journal, and IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (TKDE). A frequent keynote speaker, she has served on the program committees of a variety of technical conferences, and as program chair for the ACM SIGMOD and the VLDB conferences.

An ACM Fellow, Widom is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. She received the SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award and was a Guggenheim Fellow. Widom is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University.

The Athena Lecturer is invited to present a lecture at an ACM event. Widoms lecture will be delivered on June 2 at the 2015 ACM SIGMOD Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Each year, the Athena Lecturer honors a preeminent woman computer scientist. Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom; with her knowledge and sense of purpose, she epitomizes the strength, determination, and intelligence of the “Athena Lecturers.” The 2015-2016 Athena Lecturer award will be presented at the ACM Annual Awards Banquet, June 20, in San Francisco, Calif.

About ACM-W

ACM-W is the ACM Council on Women in Computing (http://women.acm.org). ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (http://www.acm.org), is the worlds largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the fields challenges. ACM strengthens the computing professions collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.







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Flux7 Becomes an Amazon Web Services Competency Partner


Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 01, 2015

Flux7, an IT consultancy helping businesses use cloud infrastructure to improve business agility, today announced that it has become an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Life Sciences Competency Partner. A component of the AWS Partner Network, the APN Competency Program for Life Sciences is designed to highlight APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success in specialized solution areas.

Jahan Khalili, Ph.D. is founder of Personal Peptides, provider of the ImmunoDiet, a nutrigenomic tool for cancer patients that relies on DNA analysis and HPC. Khalili said, Flux7 had a unique way of looking at the challenge that I did not find from other vendors. They were able to re-architect the entire system and leverage their relationship with AWS to strategically work through any technical or business issues that arose.

Flux7 helps businesses create or optimize cloud infrastructure that provides elastic support for applications and workflows, helping customers to control costs while easily scaling to meet demands. This flexibility helps businesses to develop innovative solutions for consumers and providers, conduct research, trials or proof of concepts, and provide secure, scalable applications and websites. Flux7 services include architectural design and strategy, migration to or set-up on cloud infrastructure, and optimization of existing cloud infrastructure, using a mix of proprietary, partner and open source tools.

Life sciences and healthcare organizations are under pressure to maintain the privacy and security of data, achieve high uptime rates, and speed solutions to market. The mix of high performance computing, automation, scaling and failover can become a significant business in this hotly competitive, regulated environment. The AWS Life Sciences Competency helps organizations find AWS APN Partners with the specialized knowledge and experience to succeed, said Aater Suleman, Flux7 CEO.

The APN Competency Program is designed to provide AWS customers with top quality APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in specialized solution areas. Life Sciences Competency Partners offer a variety of services, software and solutions on the AWS Cloud to help customers conduct drug discovery, manage clinical trials, engage in manufacturing and distribution activities and conduct research and development of genetic-based treatments and companion diagnostics.

As life sciences and healthcare organizations can come under high levels of scrutiny for keeping patient-related data secure, its a necessity for them to manage compliance along with their high-performance computing and scalability needs. Having created and withstood vigorous auditing of its infrastructures by top-tier providers, Flux7s solutions are proven to help life sciences and healthcare organization create infrastructures that can successfully run their computing and scalability requirements, while remaining compliant. For more information on Flux7s healthcare and life sciences solutions, please visit http://flux7.com/healthcare-infrastructure-solutions.

To read how Flux7 helped Personal Peptides architect a framework for analytics at scale, see this link.

About Flux7

Flux7 is an IT services organization helping businesses realize and optimize the benefits of technology by using DevOps processes and full-stack expertise. The company provides cloud architecture planning, design and implementation services to accelerate cloud infrastructure projects and enable IT teams to autonomously manage their own infrastructure on their own. By using automation and templates, Flux7 builds best practices into the infrastructure, enabling organizations to increase the productivity of their IT teams.

Flux7 specializes in the intersection of cloud and containers, and is an AWS Advanced Consulting partner as well as a Docker foundation partner. With particular concentration in healthcare, financial services, energy and digital businesses, Flux7 serves organizations of all sizes who do not want long term managed services. For more information, please visit http://flux7.com.







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