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19.03.2013

Encryption: Five Major Benefits

Fast Facts: • Companies which have already taken basic IT security precautions often consider implementing encryption as their next step. • Just half of all major corporations already use encryption • This article explains the five major benefits of encryption

Encryption: Five Major Benefits

Although encryption is not a new innovation, it is a new IT trend. Many companies which already have basic protection in place are considering implementing encryption solutions. This article explains the five major benefits of encryption.

 

Basic IT protection is essential for companies. In addition to an antivirus solution for endpoints and a firewall, IT protection also includes strategies for installing updates for operating systems and programs, as well as a backup strategy. These are, however, just the basics. The next step for many companies is to implement an encryption solution for sensitive data. According to a global survey carried out by Kaspersky Lab, just half of all major companies use encryption. Among medium-sized companies, the figure is just 44 percent, and among small businesses it’s 36 percent. Here are the top five benefits of encrypting sensitive data:

 

Benefit 1: Protect Data Completely

Securely encrypted data is completely protected, even if it is stolen. Why? If, for example, a file is encrypted with 256-bit AES, it would take a hacker more than a lifetime to crack the code using the brute-force method. Even the hacker’s grandchildren wouldn’t live long enough to successfully decode the information.

 

Benefit 2: Achieve Security On All Devices

Many companies are currently struggling with the boom in smartphones and tablets. IT security was never child’s play, but companies managed to keep their sensitive data safe within their walls. Now that the number of mobile employees is increasing, flexible working models are sending employees to their home offices, and smartphones and tablets are enabling people to work anywhere, these strategies are no longer viable. Whether administrators like it or not, data is pouring out of companies and being distributed among the most diverse of devices. Encryption removes the stress from this situation, as it ensures that data remains secure, regardless of the device on which it is stored.

 

Benefit 3: Transmit Securely

Just as data security is ensured on all devices, encrypting data also provides security benefits during transmission. Users sending files via email or distributing them via a cloud server can use encryption to ensure that no unauthorised user can view them.

 

Benefit 4: Guarantee Data Integrity

Targeted data theft is one thing, but another way to misuse data is through manipulation. Even though a hacker may have absolutely no interest in the information in question, he or she can manipulate specific data to disrupt corporate communications. If encrypted data is used, the recipient will definitely notice that it has been tampered with.

 

Benefit 5: Ensure Compliance

Corporate IT departments often have to comply with legal or contractual regulations on data protection. These may involve archiving banking data or providing special protection for customer information. In many cases, encrypting the data involved is the easiest way to comply with these rules.

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