When to comes to truly protecting data, encryption is a no-brainer. In fact, some industry regulations require that businesses and associations encrypt specific information. Health care is a great example of this, but organizations in all sectors have a responsibility to protect their customer and client information, whether it's personally identifiable information or an email between colleagues.
The assumption that software security can stay ahead of the hackers is not true because the software security industry is always reacting to threats that hackers expose. Once hackers start exploiting a flaw in an application, security companies try to block the resulting threat by providing security updates for existing software or by developing new programs. Either way, hackers will be one step ahead because the software security industry can’t predict what new threats the hackers will unleash.
Many businesspeople put their firms’ data at risk because they fail to understand several important concepts about encryption. Simply understanding that data can be protected from unauthorized parties by encrypting it is insufficient to deliver security; in order to secure information people must know when needs to be secured, and must actually encrypt accordingly.
Data Masking/Tokenization/Anonymization replaces sensitive information with fictitious data while retaining the original data format. The data masking process lets you continue to work with your data as if it were not encrypted. Databases, business applications and collaboration software continue to work as if the data was real, but unauthorized personnel only have access to the fake data and can’t extract meaningful sensitive information.
I f you don't have anything to hide, then why would you object if the police come to your home to search and take pictures of your documents without your permission?
Unfortunately for you as a consumer, the discussion regarding data protection is often focused on corporations and what they can do to prevent hackers from accessing mission-critical communications and intellectual property. The world needs a reawakening when it comes to personal data security, because right now, this issue is not taken seriously enough, and many people just don't understand that government surveillance programs are a massive infringement on privacy.
No matter how much law firms invest in data loss prevention and information protection, the government wants to be able to access private, personal and corporate data whenever it wants. The Washington Post reported that for months now, federal law enforcement agencies and other government organizations have been arguing over whether tech companies should give the government access to a secret backdoor on computers, mobile devices and other systems. This would allow federal agencies and law enforcement to bypass encryption protocols, which gives those organizations insight into emails, phone calls, text messages and other communications.
This article is the third in a series that discusses data breach threats and possible solutions. The first two articles, “What You Need to Know,” and “Threats and Consequences,” make it clear that businesses need to take action to reduce data breach risks. The current article presents encryption as a possible solution but details what type of encryption is needed to effectively address data breach issues.