oc tanner case study

O.C.Tanner Protects Customer Data Across Hybrid, MultiCloud, and Multi-Site Environments

“One of the nice things about Fortanix is the ability to leverage the solution on premises and with public cloud.”

Niel Nickolaisen
Niel NickolaisenChief Technology Officer O.C.Tanner

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O.C.Tanner develops strategic employee recognition and reward solutions that help people accomplish and appreciate great work.


Unified Key Management and Shared Secrets Service Protects Client Data


Salt Lake City, Utah, United States




data security manager
Million Users


challenges for oc tanner


  • To provide employee recognition and reward solutions, O.C. Tanner developed an innovative hybrid cloud strategy for their core applications that leveraged a combination of on-premises infrastructure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • O.C. Tanner needed to protect their own and their clients' sensitive data. What mattered is who has access to this sensitive data, how access is managed and how this data is secured.
  • Therefore, it was critical for O.C. Tanner and their clients that the organization protects data by maintaining control of all encryption keys, tokens and shared secrets for all client data.
  • Adding to the challenge, O.C. Tanner operated multiple sites and wanted the option to operate in multiple clouds.


  • O.C Tanner turned to Fortanix DSM to provide a unified key management, tokenization and shared secret solution that could be delivered as a service across their on-premises infrastructure, multiple clouds, and multiple sites in the U.S. and United Kingdom.
  • Vault-less tokenization approach with a cloud-scale architecture for better and faster performance.
Niel Nickolaisen
Niel NickolaisenChief Technology Officer O.C.Tanner
“We chose Fortanix to manage our most sensitive data and protect it well. What matters is who has access to this data, how access is managed and how this data is secured. We are working with Fortanix SDKMS in terms of privileged access management, how to tokenize the data, restrict who sees what.”
oc tanner case study

Why did OC Tanner choose Fortanix?

Ease of use

Ease of use

Ease of use BYOK to leading providers such as AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.
Easy set-up

Easy set-up

Ease of set-up, integration with O.C. Tanner’s IT environment and directory services.
Works across platforms

Works across platforms

Ability to leverage the solution on-premises and in public clouds.
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Fortanix Data Security Manager (DSM)

DSM offers a unified integrated data security platform including key management, encryption, Tokenization and Secrets Management for multicloud and hybrid environments.