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BellStone Partnership

CloudMask partners with Bellstone Consultancy Group to offer data protection in the UK

 WikiLeaks, Stuxnet and Duku drive organisations to re-evaluate data protection, partnership sees an increased focus on protecting digital information in the security and defence sector

LONDON, UK,  15 January, 2015 - CloudMask, an innovator in masking data from hackers, today announced its partnership with Bellstone Consultancy Group, a trusted network of specialist security consultants focusing on the security and defence sector. Recent events including WikiLeaks, Stuxnet and Duqu are driving governments and businesses responsible for critical infrastructure to re-evaluate how they protect digital information.

“After 20 years in security consulting addressing technical, physical and procedural aspects of security, we’ve seen an increased focus on cyber security and protection of digital information,” said Steve Taylor, managing director at Bellstone Consultancy Group. “As companies store more information in the cloud and communicate across different parameters, it’s imperative that we extend our portfolio and team to include technical solutions that are tested and certified for government use.”

The technology will be offered under Merlon Technologies within the Bellstone Consultancy Group. Merlon Technologies is extending its offering with CloudMask to protect data across multiple applications in the cloud and on premise. CloudMask acts as a last line of defence, masking data from hackers, even in the case of a total security breach. Data is masked throughout its lifecycle – from creation, in transit, storage and processing to consumption. Starting at the end device, CloudMask offers a zero trust model where no one is trusted with data – including hackers, governments, employees, cloud and company IT administrators. The partnership will allow customers to easily identify their secure universe, control security policies, mask data and report on access to the data.

Gartner expects cloud-based security services to grow to $3.7 billion by 2016, with annual growth of 20 percent. The highest growth is expected in the cloud-based tokenisation and encryption segment.

“Our expansion into the UK and signing new local partners marks an exciting and progressive milestone for the company. The partnership with Bellstone Consultancy enhances our partner portfolio and in-depth expertise in the security and defence sector,” said Wael Aggan, CEO of CloudMask. “Recent events targeting the security and defence sector is a wake-up call to look at new ways to protect our assets and our information in a world where our adversaries, in most cases, are stronger than us.”

Steve Taylor, managing director at Bellstone Consultancy Group concluded: “I have seen numerous companies affected by sophisticated hackers and leaked documents that have discredited the organisation and tarnished reputations. There are a lot of direct action activists trying to disrupt the business of defence and security companies. The ability for companies in this sector to mask their own data and the data of clients is critical at the highest level.”

CloudMask has been evaluated and implemented by the Canadian federal government, financial institutions, small businesses and enterprises.. CloudMask is the winner of the Canadian Innovation Commercialisation Programme (CICP) and is currently accepted to the Common Criteria Certification required to meet the security certification necessary to operate with governments in 26 countries.

About CloudMask

Winner of the Canadian Innovation Commercialisation Programme (CICP), CloudMask is the last line of defence, protecting data in the cloud and on premise, even in the event of a total breach. CloudMask’s solution is based on a ‘zero trust model’ and works on the premise that no one can be trusted with data – including cloud administrators, governments, employees and even  company IT administrators. CloudMask can track, protect and control access of data throughout its lifecycle – from creation, in transit, storage and processing to the point of consumption – enabling businesses to meet data residency and privacy regulations. Eliminating the need for special encryption gateways or VPNs simplifies the deployment process and achieves zero deployment cost, minimising time to implement. For more information, visit www.cloudmask.com or for CloudMask videos at www.vimeo.com/cloudmask

About Bellstone Consultancy Group Ltd.

Bellstone Consultancy Group, founded in 2010, helps businesses in the security, defence and finance sector to protect critical infrastructure and other assets. In addition, Bellstone Consultancy Group supports businesses in crisis management, resilience, business continuity, cyber and technical security. Merlon Technologies sits within the Bellstone Consultancy Group, offering technology solutions to mitigate risk in the aerospace and defence sector.


For further information:

Victoria Henry

JD Marketing Tel: +44 (0) 208 297 5388 Email: victoriah@jdmarketing.co.uk