Beginners Guide to Encryption for Compliance and Data Protection
Encryption protects data from eager cyber criminals. No matter the vertical, platform or application, whether a tablet, website, a legacy workstation, or a medical device, personal data is always at risk. Whether our most vital data is “at-rest” – on our computers or devices – or “in-transit” – wherever we are transmitting conversations from point A to point B over the Internet, encryption keeps it secure when all other defensive measures around the perimeter fail. Data breaches are largely unavoidable these days, due to the complexity of corporate structures, the challenges brought by remote working, and the increased sophistication of hackers and their tools. Encryption renders any vulnerable data useless if it inadvertently or maliciously falls into the wrong hands, saving organizations the potential headache of financial and reputational damages.
Sensitive personal information and business data has become more critically important, and far more attractive a target than ever. Organizations no longer have the option of debating whether or not encrypt their data. It is now a vital necessity. This is even more pressing now, as international regulations like GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, or the numerous others they have inspired, demand strict compliance. Failure to ensure the best efforts are being made to guard sensitive information can result in harsher penalties than those incurred by a breach itself.
The real question is how do we protect data from bad actors? How do we keep vast stores of data from becoming the latest hot item on the dark web in a way that is both cost effective and simple? When hackers have evolved beyond mere individual actors to become complex crime groups, sometimes even back by nation-states, this question is paramount.
Below we have presented a typical use case where encryption acts as a critical component to protecting sensitive information. In the case below we have used a healthcare organization as the customer looking to secure medical devices throughout their network. Medical devices like these are a crucial access point for communicating, sharing, collecting and analyzing medical data across the enterprise. As they are connected directly to the network, they also represent a highly vulnerable security risk, since hackers will always be on the lookout for an entry point. They are a good example of existing applications that need to be protected for an entity to be brought into compliance with regulations, to avoid the sharpening teeth of a GDPR or CCPA.
Simultaneously, we will demonstrate how Encryptionizer is used to help companies achieve their goals of protecting the personal information of their customers and their intellectual property. Encryptionizer can be used on any Windows Application, Server or Database, whether on the tablet, workstation, server or Cloud.