Extract from article by Frederic Roth and Jason Schwent
With the increased rate of data breaches targeting personal information, an increased public awareness of online privacy, and an increasingly demanding regulatory landscape, large and small businesses are looking to additional forms of security to protect themselves and their customers from unauthorized access. These efforts have largely targeted preventing unauthorized access via different types of access control, like firewalls, strong passwords, anti-malware, two-factor authentication and data sandboxing. However, businesses must also plan for the failure of these technologies. In the event that unauthorized individuals gain access to sensitive data, businesses are increasingly turning to data encryption to safeguard the data itself.
What is Encryption?
Encryption is a way of “scrambling” data in such a way that without a key to “unscramble” it (or decrypt it), the data is unreadable.