Data Encryption Definition | Tintri

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Data Encryption

Data encryption is the practice of electronically converting information into a different format—ciphertext—a language that transforms plaintext files, folders, application and software language into undecipherable text. Each company or other entity uses encryption keys for the specific ciphertext germane to their firm. Only admins with authorization and encryption keys can open anything encrypted for the safety of the venture.

Why it’s important to encrypt data

Increasingly, encryption and the use of harder and harder to crack ciphertext has become vital to information security for every kind of company, including everything from microbusinesses to massive multinational corporations. With the advent of cloud environments and other virtualized spaces that run on web services that use the Internet to send, receive, and house data, everyday keystrokers who once focused on hacking machines or offline software have evolved into cloud hackers more interested in destroying or stealing data from any number of corporate entities and the government.

The encryption trifecta: authentication, nonrepudiation and integrity

Genuine data encryption requires that three things be in place at all times: authentication, nonrepudiation and integrity.


Authentication simply means that where data came from is quickly and easily verifiable to ensure the safety and authenticity of any information sent into an enterprise infrastructure. When a message comes through without passing the authentication test, it won’t (or in some cases, can’t) be opened by the recipient.


Nonrepudiation is a way to set up communications so that the original sender of a file, folder, email or other type of data is unable to say they didn't send anything that originated from their machine or smart device. Nonrepudiation works through the use of unique signatures on every document, email, spreadsheet or anything else sent by an individual. Every person's electronic signature is different in nonrepudiation assurance.


When referring to computing and encryption—especially across Internet platforms—integrity is evidence that a message and any of the contents of a message haven't been altered in any way since the message was originally sent. Integrity in this sense is important, as it guarantees proof of original correspondence, as well as original versions of any attached files, folders and other data the message may have contained.

Encrypting data in real time

When you choose real-time data encryption, you increase the safety of the data you're sending or saving exponentially. For businesses in the finance, and healthcare industries, as well as the Department of Defense and other government branches, highly secure real-time data encryption is the safest way to send, receive and store data. Because these types of businesses and other entities value security more highly than other types of entities, they find that encrypting data in real time offers tremendous peace of mind for all involved parties, from end-to-end.

Ventures such as these and global corporations, large-scale virtual platform providers, and many other kinds of large-scale merchants have made real-time data encryption part of their most recent company policies and regulations for operation. In this way, they are doing a much better job of protecting their proprietary information from hackers, thieves, and others who wish to harm them.

Tintri and Gemalto partner to offer the most secure, reliable real-time data encryption

To bring our clients the toughest, most reliable and most secure data encryption in real time, Tintri partnered with Gemalto: the makers of the leading external key management suite, SafeNet KeySecure. KeySecure allows users to lock down data across their entire infrastructure if any data drives are stolen or otherwise compromised.

The Tintri-Gemalto partnership engendered the creation of Tintri SecureVM, which provides real-time data encryption that conforms to the absolute highest security standards to ensure that entities with even the most robust security regulations and policies will be more than satisfied with what Tintri SecureVM provides for the entity, its staff and any clients or other end-users. And, unlike other forms of encryption from other real-time providers, Tintri SecureVM doesn’t cause slowing of apps, software, email clients or any other part of your infrastructure, including multi-tenancy enterprise clouds.

By cryptographically locking all-flash arrays in your data center, data becomes unreachable to cloud hackers and keystrokers, as AFAs wont boot. Once an impending hack or potential solid state disk (SSD) theft is no longer a threat, admins can quickly and easily disable the lock down with key export, which is visible from the Gemalto user interface (UI). Using the open platform KMIP, KeySecure is FIPS 140-2 validated, allowing your IT team to consolidate key management across secured appliances and other heterogeneous storage areas.