SafeNet Announces Upgrades To Strengthen Security With Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

SafeNet HSMs deliver enhanced cryptography and encryption

April 23, 2010

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BELCAMP, MD — April 21, 2010 — SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in information security, today announced that its Luna SA and Luna PCI Hardware Security Modules (HSM) help secure Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. The SafeNet HSMs work with the database management system to provide organizations with a highly secure platform for storing and managing sensitive data. This combination delivers enhanced cryptography and encryption as well as high-speed and seamless installation.

The integration of SafeNet's Luna SA with SQL Server 2008 R2 allows storage of the server's master cryptographic keys - the foundation of any robust security solution - and provides greater application security and performance by separating select key management functionality. When embedded directly into the database server, the Luna PCI provides added security, as well as accelerated cryptographic performance and CPU offload.

"SafeNet's Luna SA and Luna PCI provide organizations using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 with additional security features to help meet today's ever-evolving data threats and compliance mandates," said Claude Lorenson, director of SQL Server marketing at Microsoft Corp.. "Organizations can add a layer of security technology that helps protect keys to be separate from the data it protects while accelerating complex features such as key rotation."

In addition to providing greater security, the updated technology will allow many end users to meet compliance regulations, battle e-privacy issues, and operate more efficiently and at a lower cost.

"The SafeNet Luna SA and Luna PCI offer users of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 two flexible encryption options for their deployment scenarios," said Chris Fedde, president and COO, SafeNet. "With the integration of SQL Server 2008 R2, we are confident that we are further enabling customers to fully realize a seamless, security-enhanced integration, and become more compliant with government standards and regulations."

Integration with Microsoft applications is facilitated via the SafeNet Luna EKM, which is used to set up Extensible Key Management (EKM) for SQL Server 2008 R2. The Luna EKM Configuration Utility allows the flexibility to set parameters required by the EKM module and allows for the encryption of data using encryption keys on the external Luna EKM module.

The relationship with Microsoft dates back to the development of the Luna HSM. This latest collaboration continues the strong history of working together to provide more secure products and operating environments.

"In some performance testing, I found the Luna SA hardware implementation was able to decrypt data that was a previously encrypted with a 2048 Bit RSA key over 200 times faster than the CryptoAPI software implementation in Microsoft SQL Server," stated Michael Coles, Microsoft SQL Server MVP and consultant.

SafeNet's HSM technology is a key component of its overall approach to data security and risk management. These tools persistently protect data across the entire enterprise via an integrated security platform. For more information please visit:

About SafeNet, Inc. SafeNet is a global leader in information security, founded more than 25 years ago. The Company protects identities, transactions, communications, data and software licensing through a full spectrum of encryption technologies, including hardware, software, and chips. More than 25,000 corporate and government customers in 100 countries including UBS, Nokia, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Bank of America, Adobe, Cisco, Microsoft, Samsung, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, trust their security needs to SafeNet. In 2007, SafeNet was acquired by Vector Capital, a $2 billion private equity firm specializing in the technology sector. For more information, visit

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