August 26, 2016

“Experts challenge Skyhigh’s patent for cloud-based encryption gateway,” CSO, August 25, 2016

Skyhigh announced today that it has received a patent for its technology, which moves that encryption gateway into a hosted environment.

Enterprises looking to protect sensitive data stored in cloud services can funnel user traffic through on-premises encryption gateways that allow them to keep control of their encryption keys.

Moving the encryption process to Skyhigh’s servers allows for easier access by remote employees, mobile users, business partners, or customers, said Rajiv Gupta, Skyhigh’s CEO. He says the company offers these encryption gateways in various locations, allowing customers to comply with data residency and privacy laws.

Gupta said that his is the only company offering such services, and dismissed concerns that the patent was too broad, or not new.

Even Amazon has an offering in this space, said Michael Nye, a patent attorney at Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.

Back in 2013, Amazon launched a hardware-based security appliance for managing encryption keys for its cloud customers.

However, the Skyhigh patent offers a lot of specifics, he said, and did not immediately strike him as being too broad. Plus, it was reviewed by an experienced examiner.

According to legal information company Justia, Dant Shaifer-Harriman has dealt with more than 200 patents, many of them in the area of information security.

“For what it’s worth, I have prosecuted an application in front of examiner Harriman,” Nye added. “He definitely understands encryption, so I wouldn’t be surprised if his patentability determination was accurate.”

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