Businesses that have already invested in traditional perimeter IT security firewalls and detection systems are continuously looking for something more to protect their data. Between external hackers and internal staff, protecting data in all states is too tall a task for most legacy solutions. To combat this trend, enterprises are considering data protection and specifically data encryption solutions as their next implementation. Encryption can be an excellent choice for businesses that are transferring large amounts of data and want to be certain that they are able to keep themselves safe from potential data theft. The issues with encryption solutions that are too heavy or negatively impact the user experience negatively are now in the past.
Data breaches are a real problem for businesses of all sizes, although many smaller businesses wrongly assume that it is a problem that mostly affects larger brands. There are many benefits that encryption could bring to your company, outside of those that you might already suspect. If you are considering encryption for your business, you should take these benefits into account before making your decision.
1. Complete Data Protection
A complete encryption solution provides businesses and their owners with peace of mind because it protects data in all states – at rest and in transit. While perimeter security solutions can make it more difficult to access the data from the outside, once the network is breached your data is only as safe as the data encryption you employ. With the right encryption solution, you can go through each day knowing that your data is safe and that there is no reasonable way in which hackers could potentially get their hands on the raw data. It would take a brute-force style program more than a lifetime to successfully decode all of the information.
Although there are other means in which data could potentially be accessed, taking the simple step toward encryption helps to make the job too difficult for hackers that might ordinarily be interested in targeting your business.
2. Security Across Multiple Devices
With smartphones and other mobile devices gaining popularity in recent years, many companies have struggled to find a solution for keeping the data stored and passed through these devices safe from potential theft. Luckily, data encryption software will allow you to ensure that all data, across any device, is completely encrypted with the same protections in place that you would find in data stored on a desktop computer. Data encryption will help to take an untenable, stressful situation and make it manageable, while providing peace of mind. On top of that, device authentication can eliminate risk of infiltration from unwanted users.
3. Move Data Securely
One of the most vulnerable aspects of data emerges during the transport process. While SSL/TLS is the industry standard for data in motion it has many disadvantages for your data security. An effective encryption solution helps to ensure that data is protected at all times, at rest and in motion. Files that are shared or uploaded to cloud systems should be to ensure that the files remain safe throughout the transport process.
4. Integrity Maintained
One of the worries that many organizations of all sizes share is whether or not the encryption process will affect the integrity of their data. Although data theft is a very common problem, another way for hackers to commit data fraud is to knowingly alter the data that is available. Encryption keeps your data safe from alterations, and recipients of the data will be able to see if it has been tampered with. Alteration of data is something that many businesses often overlook when they are looking into ways to keep their data safe.
5. Ensure Compliance
Compliance is extremely important, and many IT departments must comply with legal, insurance and industry restrictions on how data can be handled and transmitted. Encryption provides one of the safest ways for a business to transmit and store data and comply with the restrictions that your business currently has in place such as FIPS, FISMA, HIPAA, PCI/DSS or Gramm-Leach Bliley.
Basic data protection is absolutely essential for your business. For those that want to take the next step or are recovering from their own data theft incident, encryption is one of the best methods to ensure that your data is still safe. It allows you to achieve complete security across all devices, send and receive data safely, and guarantee absolute integrity, whenever a file is accessed or shared. If you are interested in protecting your business from the impact of data breaches, encryption software is an excellent investment.
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About the Author James Salter is the Director of Marketing at CENTRI. James has nearly 20 years of experience in software and technology marketing and enjoys sharing his insights on data security, enterprise issues, the Internet of Things and driving value from solutions. Connect with James on LinkedIn.