Organisations are under increasing regulatory pressure to keep sensitive data secure. If you were to ask CISOs about encryption there is a distinct possibility that they could recall a tale of horror involving an encryption solution. Encryption technology has moved on, yet a growing number of data breaches still get reported in the media.
Encryption should be seen as a de-facto solution in any organisation wanting to avoid a data breach and potentially large financial penalties. Encryption prevents the leap from data loss to data breach, and, in the presence of the proposed EU legislation, encryption has the potential to save organisations millions.
I am no stranger to tales of encryption that would make your hair stand on end. Here I dispel 7 myths of encryption that highlight why encryption should no longer be viewed as a monster of the deep.
Myth 1: Costs to encrypt data are high
Fact: A data loss costs more. On average it costs $7.2m (£4.5m) per organisation per data breach
Myth 2: An Operating System password is enough security
Fact: Operating System passwords are easily cracked leaving sensitive data exposed
Myth 3: We don’t need encryption to be compliant
Fact: Data encryption is a key requirement for many regulations
Myth 4: Using Self Encrypting Drives means more headaches
Fact: Self Encrypting Drives speed up the process and enhance security overall
Myth 5: Data Encryption slows down the devices and the network
Fact: Data encryption causes minimal impact to functionality
Myth 6: Encryption is difficult to manage in a large office environment
Fact: A single management console can support multiple users and devices
Myth 7: Encryption solutions can’t be managed in mixed environments
Fact: There are encryption solutions available that are more than capable to support multiple Operating Systems e.g. Windows, Mac and Linux.