Daily Archives: October 3, 2017

Gemalto Enables Oracle Cloud Customers to Boost Security of Data in Motion and at Rest

With SafeNet Encryption and Key Management solutions customers can securely share data in the cloud and maintain full control over their data protection

Amsterdam,  3 October 2017– Gemalto, a world leader in digital security and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, today announced that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customers can enhance the security of their cloud workloads and reduce the complexity of managing multiple heterogeneous security solutions with an integrated SafeNet Encryption and Key Management offering.

As companies migrate to the cloud, protecting sensitive information efficiently is a priority, especially with regionalized legislation like the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Australia’s Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act and U.S. State Data Breach Notification Statutes. Gemalto’s SafeNet Encryption and Key Management solutions help enterprises easily align data protection policies and business processes without compromising the integrity and security of their data through an easy-to-deploy, centrally managed solution. By extending the existing portfolio to Oracle Cloud, enterprise customers can also maintain full control of encryption and key lifecycle management in either on premise or multi-cloud environments, helping to improve:

  • Security – Customers can store and manage keys in central, hardened appliances, and gain the visibility and control they need to consistently and effectively enforce security controls.
  • Compliance auditing– The centralization of all key management operations lets Customers  produce comprehensive logs that could be used to demonstrate compliance with stringent security policies and industry regulations
  • Scalability – Customers can easily scale their key management and encryption to address the challenges of securing more data across numerous cloud environments
  • Simplicity – Administrators have one comprehensive solution to enable a multi-cloud security strategy that is fast, easy and efficient

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure gives customers flexibility to choose their preferred cloud operating models and the horsepower they need to run all their workloads in the cloud. Using Gemalto’s customer controlled encryption operations with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can help keep an organization’s data safe from unauthorized access through the encryption of applications, databases, files, virtual machines, multi-cloud environments and physical servers. For more information, visit Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Executive Quotes:

“Companies moving to the cloud don’t want to have to rely solely on the cloud provider for security, instead many want to manage and maintain control over the security of their data. With Gemalto, Oracle customers have a ‘Bring-Your-Own-Security’ (BYOS) solution making it easier to enforce, monitor and track how, when and where data is being accessed,” said Todd Moore, senior vice president of Encryption Products at Gemalto. “Working across multiple cloud services is becoming the norm. Using a single system helps companies have a holistic view into security operations instead of one with many silos and reduces the amount of configuration of the applications to meet existing and upcoming security models, compliance and regulations.”

“Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can provide a straightforward migration path for customers to easily adopt cloud computing functionality. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can support billions of transactions, so it is easy for developers to build and deploy high-performance cloud native applications,” said Sanjay Sinha, vice president, platform products, Oracle. “Expanding our partnership with Gemalto allows customers that need to manage their own cloud security operations the flexibility to BYOS to the Oracle Cloud. For customers the integration between Gemalto and Oracle doesn’t require any retooling of applications reducing migration friction and the cost of implementation.”

Listed below are Gemalto’s SafeNet Encryption and Key Management products compatible with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure:

  • SafeNet KeySecure – centralizes the management of encryption keys used for the protection of sensitive data in virtualized and cloud environments.
  • SafeNet ProtectV – offers full disk encryption of virtual machines to establish security and control across virtualized and cloud environments, improving business agility and lowering your costs.
  • SafeNet ProtectApp – provides application-level encryption for a broad range of Web application servers and enterprise applications hosted on virtual machines and in the cloud.
  • SafeNet ProtectFile – provides file system-level encryption to secure structure and unstructured data, and control access to sensitive folders and files in physical and virtual environments.
  • SafeNet ProtectDB – delivers column-level database encryption for sensitive corporate and customer information stored in cloud-based databases
  • SafeNet Tokenization – protects sensitive information by replacing it with a surrogate value to help organizations comply with industry standards like PCI-DSS and HIPAA – available as a vaulted and vaultless solution.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

From secure software to biometrics and encryption, our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

About Oracle
The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at oracle.com.

About Oracle PartnerNetwork
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates.

Gemalto media contacts:

Philippe Benitez
+1 512 257 3869
Kristel Teyras
Europe Middle East & Africa
+33 1 55 01 57 89
Shintaro Suzuki
Asia Pacific
+65 6317 8266


Attack on Security Base in Indian-controlled Kashmir Leaves 4 Dead

A group of suspected militants has stormed a paramilitary base near the Srinagar airport in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Three of the militants and an Indian soldier were killed Tuesday in the ensuing gun battle.

Security officials say the militants, dressed in army uniforms, hurled grenades and opened fire with automatic weapons on the base, which houses members of India’s Border Security Force. The base shares a common border wall with the airport.

Kashmir has been the center of a deadly tug-of-war between India and neighboring Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. The Muslim-majority Himalayan territory is divided between the nuclear-armed rivals, but both claim Kashmir in full.

Kashmir rebels have battled Indian forces for decades, demanding either independence or a merger with Pakistan. The rebels have staged a series of attacks on Indian security bases in recent months, including an attack in southern Kashmir in August that left eight security officials dead.

New Delhi has accused Pakistan of training and arming the rebels to carry out the cross-border attacks, a charge that Islamabad denies.

Source: Voice of America


The nine-a-side Nishan-e-Haider Hockey Tournament begins in Karachi tomorrow.

To take part in the event, four international hockey players from Argentina reached Karachi today while seven more players from Australia will also reach Karachi this evening.

These players will take part in the tournament alongside Pakistani players.

Eleven teams of various organizations from all over the country will take part in the tournament.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan FM Visits Washington to Shore Up Sagging Ties

President Donald Trump’s emerging Afghan policy has hit Pakistan hard in three sensitive areas: its tangled, acrimonious relationship with India, the denial that terrorist groups operate in its territory, and allegations that it is fomenting trouble in neighboring Afghanistan.

Islamabad contends that it has been an effective partner in the U.S. war on terrorism, has suffered greatly as a result and wants nothing more than a peaceful Afghanistan on its border. That’s the message that Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif will most likely reiterate on a visit to Washington to meet with U.S. officials on mending tattered relations.

Pakistan is stinging from Trump’s long-awaited policy, which focused on bolstering support for Kabul’s fight against militants like the Taliban, fostering the growing relationship between Afghanistan and India, and pressuring increasingly conservative Pakistan to do more to root out militant groups, some of which have been linked to its intelligence services.

Russia, China

Delays in cobbling together the policy have coincided with efforts by Russia and China to increase their influence in Pakistan, leading Islamabad to ponder where its loyalties should lie, given that a full breakup with Washington would mean a cut in billions of dollars in U.S. aid.

“The most realistic policy is that Pakistan should strengthen ties with regional powers, including China, along with Russia, Iran and Turkey,” analyst Mehmood Shah, a former Pakistani army brigadier, told VOA Deewa. “We have had a long friendship with America but we have only suffered loss in this friendship. We have not received any benefit out of it.”

Now, Shah said, the U.S. “thinks it is necessary again to talk to Pakistan, and that makes me believe that Pakistan is still relevant and can play a role in Afghanistan. The U.S. is a superpower, and we do not need to be confrontational in our dealings with them. We should not have a strained relationship with the U.S., though the relations cannot be the same as they were before.”

Asif left Pakistan on Tuesday. He will meet Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington to resume bilateral talks and to discuss ways to remove tensions that cropped up after Trump’s August 21 speech on Washington’s policy on South Asia.

No small task

“It is not going to be easy to pressure Pakistan to change course,” said Sadanand Dhume, an expert on the Afghanistan-Pakistan region at the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute. “All three countries � the U.S., India, and Afghanistan � have the same shared concerns about terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

“I think that all three countries are going to have to use a combination of methods,” Dhume told VOA Deewa. “It includes more perhaps targeted sanctions at some point. It includes perhaps targeting these havens with drone strikes and other means. The main thing is to send a clear message to the Pakistanis, that what has been tolerated in the past will no longer be tolerated in the future.”

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi late last month on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session. But when U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recently visited New Delhi and Kabul, he did not stop in Pakistan, which many observers saw as a snub.

Matiullah Abasin, an Afghan political analyst, said Mattis’ itinerary was aimed at telling Pakistan that it is losing Washington’s trust and could find itself increasingly isolated if it does not change.

“The U.S. is not going easy on Pakistan anymore. Officials in the White House realized that Pakistan has been playing a double game for many years that needed to be stopped,” Abasin said. “In addition, America is looking for a strong partner in the region, and India could be a potential and reliable partner for them.”

Mattis said Washington would no longer tolerate terrorist safe havens and would work closely with India to tackle the problem in South Asia.

More problem than asset

“I think that it is very clear President Trump’s administration certainly views Pakistan more as a problem than a potential helper, so to speak,” said Michael Kugelman, an expert on the Afghanistan-Pakistan region at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center.

“I think it is very clear that Pakistan is no longer a priority in the U.S. policy for South Asia. It is very notable that Mattis went to India and then he went to Afghanistan, without a stop in Pakistan,” Kugelman told VOA Deewa. “I do not think this means that the U.S. wants to forget about Pakistan. The U.S. is still interested in making things work with Pakistan.”

India has long been Pakistan’s prime nemesis � India’s Kashmir region is a potential flashpoint for a fourth war between two nuclear-armed nations � so a warming of ties between New Delhi and Kabul is worrisome to Islamabad. So far, the Indian-Afghan relationship has primarily involved trade, and India has vowed it will not send troops to Afghanistan.

India has grown to become the third-largest exporter to Afghanistan, after Pakistan and Iran, and stepped in to provide air cargo services when Pakistan closed critical border crossings after terror attacks on its turf that it blamed on Afghan-based terrorists.

Source: Voice of America


Minister Works Gilgit-Baltistan, Dr Muhammad Iqbal has said the government is executing a large number of development projects to facilitate the people.

In an interview with Radio Pakistan Gilgit on Tuesday, he said the construction work of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly building project is in full swing and would be completed by June next year at a cost of 200 million rupees.

The Minister hoped that assembly proceedings in the new building would start after June next year.

Source: Radio Pakistan


The nine-a-side Nishan-e-Haider Hockey Tournament begins in Karachi tomorrow.

To take part in the event, four international hockey players from Argentina reached Karachi today while seven more players from Australia will also reach Karachi this evening.

These players will take part in the tournament alongside Pakistani players.

Eleven teams of various organizations from all over the country will take part in the tournament.

Source: Radio Pakistan