Honored at 2016 Cyber Defense Magazine Awards

Penta Security’s WAPPLES and MyDiamo Win at the 4th annual awards

On February 29th, 2016, it was announced that Penta Security would be honored with two awards by Cyber Defense Magazine (CDM). CDM is one of the industry’s leading electronic information security magazines. It is also the official media partner of the RSA® Conference 2016. Penta Security’s WAPPLES was chosen as the Hot Company in Web Application Security for 2016. MyDiamo was awarded the Editor’s Choice in Data Leakage Prevention for 2016.

Cyber Defense Magazine

Cyber Defense Magazine, along with a panel of leading independent information security experts, performs thorough research and review of potential award nominees for various security categories. The panel is also recognized for multiple cyber security related certifications, such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security (FMDHS), and Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH).


Penta Security was honored for their Web Application Firewall (WAF), WAPPLES, which is powered by a patented Logic Based Analysis Engine. This detection technology enables WAPPLES to intelligently detect and filter web attacks at a higher accuracy rate with lower false positives than other industry competitors. WAPPLES is currently the number one Web Application Firewall in the APAC region based on market share. Additionally, WAPPLES technology also powers other cloud based solutions from Penta Security. Some of these include WAPPLES V-Series, which can be customized for any virtual or cloud infrastructure, and Cloudbric, a cloud based WAF service targeted for small and medium businesses.

“We’re thrilled to recognize next-generation innovation in the information security marketplace and that’s why Penta Security has earned this award from Cyber Defense Magazine. Some of the best INFOSEC defenses come from these kinds of forward thinking players who think outside of the box,” said Pierluigi Paganini, Editor-in-Chief, Cyber Defense Magazine.

MyDiamo Recognition

Additionally, recognition was given to Penta Security’s MyDiamo, an engine-level encryption software for open source databases. OSS DBs include MySQL, MariaDB, and PerconaDB. From 2013 to present, MyDiamo has been downloaded over 2,000 times. It has become a leading open source database encryption software.

“The recognition of MyDiamo and WAPPLES from Cyber Defense Magazine further validates our company as an innovator. It is a great endorsement, and shows that we can provide quality products for maximum security,” said Duk Soo Kim, Penta Security’s Head of Product Planning.

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Security Solution Goes Global

A Korean solution provider is now the talk of the town by entering its security solution into 60 countries through its new ‘Dual Licensing’ security solution sales strategy.

Data encryption and web security provider Penta Security Systems Inc. (CEO/Founder Seokwoo Lee, announced that MyDiamo, Penta Security’s encryption solution for MySQL and MariaDB, has successfully entered into 60 countries with its dual license (free for personal use but not for commercial use) policy since its release in March last year.

security solution mydiamo

Most Korean IT security companies export to other countries with a sole distributor or an overseas branch office. Penta Security broke this established business model and tried a new sales strategy to reach its customers. Now, the security solution MyDiamo has entered 60 countries, including the United States, China, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and many more in just little over one year.

MyDiamo has been sold to the countries in which Penta Security has not expanded its sales network, and the number of countries that have adopted the encryption solution is the largest among all Penta Security’s products. It also has reached the largest number of countries for Korea’s formidable domestic IT security industry. In all, more than 3,600 total licenses have been downloaded.

MyDiamo, the security solution

MyDiamo is an encryption solution for MySQL and MariaDB, which are the most popular databases with the top market shares. MariaDB is a database developed by Michael Monty Widenius, the founder of MySQL. The number of MariaDB user has rapidly increased due to its improved performance over other open-source DB environments.

MyDiamo secures these popular databases with technology from Penta Security’s data encryption platform D’Amo. MyDiamo provides one-way encryption, index-column partial encryption and column-level encryption using trusted international standard encryption algorithms, such as AES. It complies with PCI-DSS and provides masking features for credit card numbers.

Duksoo Kim, CTO of Penta Security, stated “We could not remain in the small domestic market, so we had to go global. However, it was not easy to export IT security products because there were differences in distribution channels and cultures.” He continued, “Last year, the dual licensing policy we chose instead of existing sales policy has brought us this wonderful and unexpected outcome.” He added, “We are not settling for this, however, and we are preparing various strategies, including cloud computing and on-demand services, to enter the global market.”

Penta Security Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of “D’Amo” the First Data Encryption Solution in Korea

The First Data Encryption Solution in Korea Reaches 10 years

Since 2004, more than 2100 customers have chosen “D’Amo,” the top data encryption solution in Korea with 46% market share in the public sector for the past three years. 

Data encryption and web security provider Penta Security Systems Inc. (CEO/Founder Seokwoo Lee, marked the 10th anniversary of its data encryption solution D’Amo on March 27, 2014.

Ever since its inception in 1997, Penta Security has carried out major security information infrastructure projects such as Government Public Key Infrastructure (GPKI) and National Public Key Infrastructure (NPKI). Based on the valuable experiences gained through such projects, Penta developed D’Amo, the comprehensive data encryption and access control solution. D’Amo has since become a valuable brand and commercial solution, as the first data encryption solution in South Korea.

When D’Amo was first released, the data encryption business in Korea was difficult, primarily because users did not understand the importance of data security, and because most companies did not feel the need to secure their data. Even when customers encrypted data, profitability was low for security technology providers, since system integration took an inordinate amount of time and consumed too much manpower. This resulted in a business environment where both service providers and customers were reluctant to carry out IT security projects.

In response to this environment, D’Amo, a solution packaged as a product, could provide database encryption optimized for customers’ systems, with simplified post-sales technical support. However, it did take some time to educate end-users, since a majority of the administrators of companies were not familiar with this type of a solution.

growth of d'amo the encryption solution in korea

As successful deployment cases increased, customers began to recognize D’Amo’s security features and reliability as an IT security solution.. D’Amo has since become the representative data encryption solution in Korea. Penta Security has invested substantial R&D resources through its own security technology research center, to continue to build upon its encryption source technology. Penta Security has also improved the product’s reliability by obtaining various patents related to data encryption, such as index column encryption method, query processing system and method for database with encrypted columns by query encryption transformation, order-preserving encryption, format-preserving encryption, etc. The company has also obtained various domestic and international certificates (NIST FIPS certificate, Certification from the South Korean National Intelligence Service, etc.). Penta Security began exporting its products into the global market in 2006 while retaining its place as a market leader in the Korean market.

D’Amo supports almost all DBMS environments, and has been deployed at over 1,200 customer sites, as of February 2014. According to the cumulative statistics provided by Korea Public Procurement Service, D’Amo was ranked number one among DBMS encryption solutions, with 46% market share, based on the amount of orders received from 2011 to 2013.

Penta Security CTO Duk Soo Kim said, “The Personal Information Protection Act has gone into effect, and there have been many incidents related to personal information leakage. For these reasons, data encryption solutions have been very hot in the market. Therefore, a number of domestic and international security companies and vendors have been jumping into the data security market. The fierce competition is one of the reasons why D’Amo cannot be complacent with what we have accomplished so far.”

He continued, “We won’t make a product that will mislead customers, and we will not be swayed by the market. We will continue to improve the technology of D’Amo, so that it can continue to be recognized as a great product for its security and stability. With that said, we are very proud to have created a 10-year old solution. Once again, we would like to thank everyone who has trusted and used D’Amo.”