Five Common Data Encryption Myths

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Myth #4: There's No Reason to Encrypt Data

This belief is born out of ignorance. Information is one of a business' most important assets. Encrypting it is by far the most effective security measure you can take to protect it. As with Myth #3, saving a little money on not deploying a decryption solution will cost you more in the future.

Furthermore, not encrypting certain kinds of data violates local, state and federal regulations. For example, health records and financial information must be encrypted. If the data is not encrypted, the organization can face hefty fines.

When it comes to the world of IT security, the saying "no news (read: a data breach) is good news" couldn't be more right. However, in a time when market giants across all industries are at risk of getting breached, the discussion has turned from finding ways to stop persistent hackers to finding ways to actually combat persistent hackers. These relentless individuals spend their days and nights scouring for ways to break into an organization and steal what matters most: data. Because it's no longer a matter of "if" but rather "when" a company will get hacked, it's time for end users to face the facts.

IT security experts can agree that it's essentially impossible to keep hackers out of your network and, as a result, enterprises must find a solution that will make coveted data inaccessible or better yet, completely useless. Enter data encryption. Encoding information in a way that only authorized parties can decipher leaves stolen data useless in the hands of an adversary.

Data encryption seems to be the logical choice when it comes to implementing a sound security strategy but there are still skeptics. Data security vendor WinMagic breaks down the five most common misperceptions that keep organizations from adopting encryption policies.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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