Townsend Security Release First Encryption Key Management Module for Drupal

Olympia, WA (PRWEB) January 27, 2014

Townsend Security, a leading authority in data privacy solutions, today announced that they have released the first encryption key management module for the Drupal content management system (CMS). With Key Connection for Drupal, administrators are now able to keep their encryption keys secure and meet compliance regulations by storing them outside of the Drupal database and only using them when encryption/decryption happens.

Drupal developers who need to protect sensitive data know that storing their encryption keys within the CMS puts their data at risk for a breach. Additionally, almost every business must adhere to data security regulations set forth by industry standards groups. Anyone who is using Drupal to collect and store sensitive data (email addresses, personally identifiable information, e-commerce checkout process, etc.) needs to make sure this data is held safely to help prevent costly data breeches.

Key Connection for Drupal, combined with Townsend Securitys FIPS 140-2 compliant Alliance Key Manager, enables Drupal users to easily protect their sensitive data in the cloud or on an external virtual or physical appliance. For organizations that need to meet compliance requirements, this means they are provably meeting industry standards and best practices.

Townsend Security has partnered with Cellar Door Media as the premier provider of encryption and key management integration within Drupal. Chris Teitzel, Founder and CEO, commented, More complex e-commerce and enterprise sites are built using Drupal than ever before. Because these sites often collect and use sensitive user information, these businesses have a responsibility, and often a compliance mandate, to encrypt it. The first module of its kind available within Drupal, Key Connection for Drupal brings the high level of security that Townsend Security is known for to a rapidly growing platform.

Key Connection for Drupal makes the process of enterprise level encryption quick and easy, allowing developers to spend less time worrying about their data and more time creating the exciting products their customers desire. The open source Drupal community has done great work and we are glad to help extend this work to enterprise users of Drupal, said Patrick Townsend, CEO of Townsend Security.

Key Connection for Drupal and Alliance Key Manager are available for a free 30-day trial.

About Alliance Key Manager and Key Connection for Drupal By deploying the no-cost Key Connection for Drupal module, organizations can access Townsend Securitys Alliance Key Manager. The solution is FIPS 140-2 compliant and allows enterprises to properly manage their encryption keys while meeting security requirements in less time and at a lower cost. Additionally, Alliance Key Manager supports on-appliance encryption and decryption services so that your encryption key is always kept separate from the data it protects. The encryption key manager is available in the cloud or as a hardware security module (HSM).

About Townsend Security Townsend Security creates data privacy solutions that help organizations meet evolving compliance requirements and mitigate the risk of data breaches and cyber-attacks. Over 3,000 companies worldwide trust Townsend Securitys NIST-validated and FIPS 140-2 compliant solutions to meet the encryption and key management requirements in PCI DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FISMA, GLBA/FFIEC, DIACAP, SOX, and other regulatory compliance requirements. Learn more at

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Out in the Open: Teenage Hacker Transforms Web Into One Giant Bitcoin Network

Most people think of bitcoin as a form of money, if they think of bitcoin at all. But 19-year-old hacker Vitalik Buterin sees it as something more much more. He sees it as a new way of building just about any internet application.

The bitcoin digital currency is driven by open source software that runs across thousands of machines around the globe. Borrowing code from this rather clever piece of software, independent hackers have already built applications such as the Twitter-style social network Twister, the encrypted e-mail alternative Bitmessage, and the unseizable domain name system Namecoin. But Buterin believes that many other applications can benefit from the genius of the bitcoin software, and thats why hes joining forces with several other hackers to create something called Ethereum.

Buterin believes so many other applications can benefit from the genius of the bitcoin software, and thats why he has joined forces with several other hackers to create something called Ethereum.

He envisions Ethereum as an online service that lets you build practically anything in the image of bitcoin and run it across a worldwide network of machines. At its core, bitcoin is a way of reliably storing and moving digital objects or pieces of information. Today, it stores and moves money, but Buterin believes the same basic system could give rise to a new breed of social networks, data storage systems and securities markets all operated without the help of a central authority.

Born in Russia and raised in Canada, Buterin was interested in mathematics and computer science from an early age. But when he first stumbled on to bitcoin in 2011, it didnt grab him. I ignored it, he says. I thought it had no intrinsic value, so it had to fail.

But, over the next few weeks, he grew curious about this unusual creation. He received his first bitcoins as payment for articles written for a site called Bitcoin Weekly, where he was paid five bitcoins per article, the equivalent of $3.75 at the time. It was my first ever real job, and it paid around $1.30 per hour, he says. He kept writing about the digital currency in the pages of Bitcoin Magazine and other pubs. Then, in 2013, just as he was about to lose interest in the thing, the price of bitcoin skyrocketed.

Deciding that bitcoin was going to be a much bigger deal than most people realized, he dropped out of university and started traveling the world, jumping from bitcoin meetup to bitcoin meetup and contributing to various open source projects. Ethereum is the result of all those conversations and software experiments.

Ethereum wont use the peer-to-peer network that bitcoin runs on, nor will it use the same software. Instead, Buterin and his team are building a completely new system that will run atop its own network. But the project borrows heavily from the ideas behind the bitcoin software.

All bitcoin transactions, for instance, are stored in a massive public ledger called the blockchain. This is a type of encrypted database, and you can use it to power other applications as weve seen with Twister and BitMessage. Ethereum will feed still more applications through something similar to the blockchain, and it will offer a stripped-down version of the Python programming language known as Ethereum Script thats specifically designed for building these blockchain-based applications.

As with bitcoin, the network that underpins Ethereum will be powered by machines donated by the people of the world, and to encourage donations, the system will allow these machines to collect fees from developers who build and run an applications atop the network. In similar fashion, bitcoin shares its money with those who run the machines driving its network.

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50 top US cyber security experts write open letter calling for end to NSA ‘snoop-ops’

Washington, Jan. 25 : Experts in the fields of computer science, security and cryptography have reportedly published an open letter calling for an end to the National Security Agency’s alleged mass surveillance programmes.

The letter states, ‘every country must give intelligence and law-enforcement authorities the means to pursue terrorists and criminals, but we can do so without fundamentally undermining the security that enables commerce, entertainment, personal communication, and other aspects of 21st-century life.’

According to Cnet, more than 50 big names, including former chief technologists for the Federal Trade Commission, Edward Felten, Bellovin, director of the International Association for Cryptologic Research, Shai Halevi and researchers from MIT, Georgia Tech, Carnegie-Mellon, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and a raft of other respected universities have signed the letter.

The alleged programmes were exposed by a former contractor of the agency, Edward Snowden, who has been charged with espionage by the US for the revelations that brought forth the extent of indiscriminate government surveillance on innocent citizens.

The report said that the NSA bypassed common web encryption methods for carrying out its surveillance activities, including hacking into the servers of private companies to steal encryption keys.

In their letter, the security experts have pointed out the alleged snoop-ops have not only compromised privacy of citizens but it also poses a threat to the US technology sector.

The researchers have urged the US government to subject all mass-surveillance activities to public scrutiny and to resist the deployment of mass-surveillance programs in advance of sound technical and social controls, the report added.

–ANI (Posted on 26-01-2014)

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» About PVT. Manning Private Manning Support Network

If you had free reign over classified networks and you saw incredible things, awful things things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC what would you do?

God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms I want people to see the truth because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.

-Quotes from an online chat attributed to PVT Manning

The trial of military whistle-blower and democracy advocate PVT Chelsea Manning (known as Bradley Manning untilher Aug 22, 2013 announcement)finished on August 21st. After a prosecution which starkly showcased US government officials misplaced priorities when it comes to human rights, Army whistleblower PVT Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. This case sets a dangerous precedent for the first amendment, opening whistle-blowers and those who help them to extreme prosecution. However, as we enter the appeals process, [Chelsea] Mannings story is far from over.

The information that Manning gave to the public exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, shown us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and changed journalism forever. There is no evidence that anyone died as a result of the leaked information. Through WikiLeaks Manning revealed:

Read more about what was revealed in these documents.

For her actions, PVT Manning has received the following honors and awards:Sam Adams Award (2014) Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence Sean Macbride Peace Prize(2013) International Peace Bureau In His Footsteps Award (2013)- Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club Nobel Peace Prize nominee (2014, 2013 & 2012) Movement of the Icelandic Parliament, Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research, and former Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire Person of the Year (2012)- UK Guardian 2013 Peace Prize US Peace Memorial Foundation Peacemaker of the Year (2013) The Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County Hero of Peace Award (2013) Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans for Peace SF Trans March Award (2013) San Francisco Trans March SF Pride Grand Marshal Runner-Up (2013) SF LGBT Pride former Grand Marshals Peoples Choice Human Rights Award (2012)- Global Exchange

More About the Trial On July 30, 2013, PVT Manning was found not guilty of the most serious charge against her, that of Aiding the Enemy. However, she was convicted of 20 offenses, including 6 under the Espionage Act. On August 21, 2013 she was sentenced by military judge Col. Denise Lind to 35 years in prison -less than the 60 years requested by the government, yet still an unusually harsh sentence for a non-violent crime. The New York Times Editorial Board published the following in response:

35 years is far too long a sentence by any standard. In more than two weeks of hearings, government lawyers presented vague and largely speculative claims that Private Mannings leaks had endangered lives and chilled diplomatic relations. On the other hand, much of what Private Manning released was of public value

Human Rights Watch general council Dinah PoKempner stated that:

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