Encryption Basics: How It Works & Why You Need It

If you’ve been putting off adopting encryption as a part of your security policy, delay no more. Here’s a guide to the science of encryption, and how you can begin implementing an encryption strategy today.

Extract from article by Carey Wodehouse

It’s a problem no business can risk putting on the back burner anymore: securing data.

We’ve entered a time when the conveniences of widespread connectivity, including the cloud, have put us at more risk than ever of getting hacked. When data does fall into the wrong hands, the consequences can be devastating. High-profile data breaches and ransomware attacks have organizations and individuals on red alert for the best ways to safeguard their data and networks, both now and for the future.

While good IT security strategies can be very effective in protecting networks—essentially letting the good guys in and keeping the bad guys out—how do you account for all of the data that’s traveling across the airwaves between mobile devices, browsers, databases, and the cloud?

There’s a time-tested science that is increasingly becoming a crucial link in the security chain: encryption. Encryption scrambles text to make it unreadable by anyone other than those with the keys to decode it, and it’s becoming less of an added option and more of a must-have element in any security strategy for its ability to slow down and even deter hackers from stealing sensitive information. If good encryption is capable of hindering investigations by FBI experts, consider what it could do for you and your company’s sensitive information.

If you’ve been putting off adopting encryption as a part of your security policy, delay no more. Here’s a guide to the science of encryption, and how you can begin implementing an encryption strategy today.

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