Tried and True: Data Encryption Still the Gold Standard for Protecting Against Hackers

Contemporary cyberthieves have a wealth of resources at their fingertips, constantly devising new ways to access sensitive — and therefore valuable — data from protected systems. In turn, organizations (and their security departments) must stay constantly ahead of the curve and ready to respond. While the ever-fluctuating nature of the digital realm makes this a tall order, one standard tactic has held true: data encryption.

Data Encryption: Issue Background

Encryption solves the problem of secure transmission by translating data into a format that is incomprehensible to anyone without the correct “key” to decode it. Its simplicity is the key to its success. Cyber-thieves can continually find new ways to get around access-blocking barriers, but if the product itself is unreadable then the data remains secure. Encryption languages and techniques can be customized for organizations’ unique data sets and business needs, but the core idea remains the same: ensuring that even if a message is intercepted, it will be worthless to non-authorized users.

Smart Devices, Many Vulnerabilities

As the global workforce continues to depart from the traditional office environment, organizations have become increasingly dependent on digital ways of communicating and doing business. The downside to this new mobility is the array of vulnerability points it opens up for unscrupulous hackers to access private information. Each new device that connects to a network opens up potential pathways for a data breach.

Email communications are a particularly vulnerable touchpoint for hackers. Firewalls and internal protocols can protect a centralized network, but such security is not guaranteed in a mobile age where nearly everyone checks their email on the go. Tracking HIPAA compliance, for example, requires communication regarding medical records: even if the files themselves are stored on a protected server, an email account containing information from them could be compromised if accessed from an insecure location.

Data Encryption & Citizen Privacy

One concerning development in recent years has been an increasing push by governmental agencies for technology firms to develop “master keys” for their encrypted data. This goes against the very core of the encryption concept. A fortress is only as strong as the weakest lock on its doors: the very existence of these master keys would make them a priority target for hackers. A back door is an entrance for everyone, not just the user for whom it is intended — and the best way to prevent unauthorized access is to not build it in the first place.

Protect Yourself and Your Company with CertainSafe

Responsible business owners nationwide are turning to CertainSafe for comprehensive data-protection and our user-friendly Data Vault. We use MicroEncryption® and MicroTokenezation® to break sensitive data down into encrypted file elements, convert them into mathematically unique ‘tokens’, and store them in different physical locations. By compartmentalizing data, we make our customers immune to mass data breach. . For more information, please visit our homepage or contact us today.