Gartner Research

Key Management as a Service Exposes Different Risks to Data in Public Clouds

Published: 19 December 2017

ID: G00337107

Analyst(s): Neil MacDonald , Brian Lowans , David Mahdi


Incompatible encryption and key management services being offered by infrastructure as a service and platform as a service providers are complicating the building of cohesive data protection. When adopting cloud services, security and risk management leaders need to base multiple strategies on risk.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify and Prioritize Critical Datasets
  • Determine the Security Levels Needed for Each Dataset, and Implement Encryption
  • Match Security Policy Orchestration Needs With Available KMaaS Technology
    • Software-Based Key Management Services
    • Cloud HSM
    • BYOK
    • HYOK
    • MPC
    • Intel SGX and AMD SEV
  • Enforce Consistent Life Cycle Management Policies Across Clouds
  • Ensure All Cryptographic Operations Are Logged and Audited and Potential Security Events Are Alerted

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