Syncsort advances security strategy

Syncsort, the global provider of Big Iron to Big Data software, has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IBM i encryption, tokenization, authentication, FTP and SIEM integration products from Townsend Security, a Washington-state based provider of data privacy software, the company said.

Additionally, the companies are announcing a partnership agreement for Syncsort to resell Townsend Security´s Alliance Key Manager product.

The acquired products handle key use cases for encryption of data at rest, encryption of data in motion, SIEM integration, secure FTP and two-factor authentications for IBM i. These products and the new partnership further extend Syncsort´s leadership in IBM i security and high availability products, and address the encryption key management needs of their enterprise customers. The two companies will work together on new innovations in cross-platform encryption.

Townsend Security´s Alliance Key Manager enterprise key management solution for IBM i, IBM z, Windows and Linux supports key database and cloud management platforms and complements the IBM i encryption and authentication offerings Syncsort has acquired. Townsend Security serves over 3,000 companies worldwide with NIST-validated and FIPS 140-2 compliant solutions to meet encryption and key management requirements in PCI DSS, HIPAA, FISMA, GDPR and other regulations.

Townsend Security´s Alliance Key Manager provides encryption key management and encryption services to a wide set of relational database solutions, big data solutions and blockchain platforms. With out of the box integrations for the IBM i, Microsoft SQL Server, MongoDB, and a wide variety of SDKs and client-side applications, enterprises can easily protect private information.

The acquisition and partnership help Syncsort deliver on its ongoing commitment to strengthening the IBM i platform and to companies that rely on its performance and resilience to drive their businesses forward. An additional delivery on this strategy, also has announced, is new, internally developed software that formats and forwards IBM i machine log data to Splunk for advanced analytics to support SIEM and ITOA initiatives.

Koley Jessen served as legal advisor to Syncsort.

Syncsort is the global provider of Big Iron to Big Data software. Its products provide a simple way to optimize, assure, integrate, and advance data, helping to solve for the present and prepare for the future. Learn more at

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 Security´s NIST and FIPS 140-2 compliant solutions to meet the encryption and key management requirements in PCI DSS, GDPR, HIPAA/HITECH, and other regulatory compliance requirements. Learn more at