KMIP and Edge Computing
Data security is incredibly important for businesses operating at the network edge. For example, retail stores, manufacturing plants, smart cities, and banking branches are all managing valuable information and would be significantly impacted by a breach. They need to have reliable data security in place to keep their data and applications safe.
Edge computing organizations are often faced with unique challenges when it comes to data security. For one, they sometimes possess many different devices or applications that need protecting, and managing proprietary systems that secure each and every one of those devices becomes complicated. Second, they are often located in remote places and / or have limited staff onsite, which can make managing and maintaining complex IT security systems difficult.
KMIP addresses both of these concerns by providing a means of connecting any encryption application with any key management system. So long as an organization’s applications support KMIP, they will be able to use them to encrypt their data and manage their encryption keys in a KMIP compliant KMS. It provides edge computing organizations with more flexibility around which key manager they implement, and simplifies the key management process by only requiring one KMS.
By implementing a single standard for managing encryption keys, edge organizations are able to reduce complexities in their environments. This makes it easier for staff to manage IT systems, makes it more affordable, and makes things simpler.
Learn more about what defines an “edge” environment, in our Beginners Guide to Edge Computing.