HyTrust buys HighCloud as security land grab rages on

Even without the NSA PRISM maelstrom, cloud security would be a hot topic. But revelations of government data scooping and snooping have put interest in cloud security into hyperdrive.

And it may be one reason that HyTrust, a provider of products that secure virtual environments, has bought HighCloud Security, a specialist in encryption and key management. Terms were not disclosed.

HyTrust Eric ChiuEncryption, provided the encryption keys are not held by (ahem) government agencies, could protect data stored on shared public infrastructure from prying eyes, even those of spies. As of July, HyTrust had about $29 million in funding from In-Q-Tel, the VC arm of the CIA, as well as Cisco(s csco), VMware(s vmw), Epic Ventures, Granite Ventures and Trident Capital.

In a statement, Eric Chiu, president and founder of Hytrust (pictured at left) said:

“HyTrust represents the control point for cloud management, providing automated policy-based security for private cloud environments that can enable both trusted hybrid clouds and ‘cloaked’ public clouds. HighCloud encryption, meanwhile, can be deployed in private, hybrid and public clouds, ensuring data security and privacy as organizations migrate between these environments.”

This is the latest in a flurry of security related M&A in the past few months including Cisco’s aquisition of Sourcefire; IBM’s buy of Trusteer, and EMC’s purchase of Aveksa.

And, don’t be surprised to see a raft of security-related announcements related to Amazon(s amzn) Web Services to come at the AWS: Reinvent show in Las Vegas next week as well. SafeNet and Afore Solutions beat the rush by announcing data encryption services for AWS this week. Ditto Intiqua with its compliance service for AWS.