In-Q-Tel invests in cloud specialist HyTrust

With an eye toward securing the growing amount for government data in the cloud, the CIA’s private investment arm said it is investing in HyTrust Inc., a Silicon Valley cloud security specialist.

In-Q-Tel said its partnership with HyTrust also includes a technology development agreement. The primary focus of the deal is helping intelligence and other government agencies secure virtual and cloud infrastructures through expanded support services at the enterprise level.

By working with In-Q-Tel, HyTrust will enhance its control, management and compliance capabilities in virtual data centers, according to Robert Ames, senior vice president of In-Q-Tel’s Information and Communications Technologies.

Launched in 2009, HyTrust specializes in automating and enforcing security policies needed to speed the deployment of cloud services. The cloud security company already works with state and federal agencies deploying cloud services. The agreement is expected to expand HyTrust’s footprint in the federal sector, the partners said.

The partnership “enables us to deliver the right features at scale to address market opportunity and demand, while focusing on the unique requirements of multiple government agency partners,” HyTrust President Eric Chiu said in a statement.

Details like the amount of In-Q-Tel’s investment were not disclosed. HyTrust has previously attracted investments totaling nearly $30 million from Cisco Systems, VMware and several venture capital firms.

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