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The Importance of Data Encryption

  Greg LaBrie     Mar 22, 2016

Is your business utilizing data encryption in your security strategy? The process of changing information to make it unreadable to those except authorized users can help your company securely protect data and safeguard it from potential threats. [click to tweet] Businesses use data encryption to protect personal information, customer data, trade secrets, employee files, tax information, credit card numbers and more. This benefits the network is breached. Read on to learn about the benefits of data encryption.

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Data Encryption: Your First and Last Defense

Data encryption is not a security safety net, but it is your last line of defense against malicious attackers or disgruntled company insiders. When cyber criminals steal your information, encryption may be the only thing standing between the attacker and all of your highly valued data.

While rendering your data unreadable to the outside may benefit you in the event of a stolen VM, it is also your first security barrier which serves to protect against potential threats. [click to tweet]  By encrypting data that goes in and out of your company, any malicious hacker spying on the communication won’t be able to pick up and copy the information as easily as if it were in plain text. Encryption also stops the spread of malware by restricting access to other points across your network.

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Data Encryption can be Complicated, but Worth the Effort

While it may just be easier to skip data encryption altogether because managing public and private keys can be challenging, it’s never a good idea to ignore it completely. Take a “better safe than sorry” approach and allot the necessary time to train all employees in your company’s security policies. Once your initial data encryption is set up, you can’t just forget about it; it requires persistent maintenance and attention to keep up to date.

At WEI, we consult with companies often about data privacy, the benefits of encryption and how to identify threats to protect your business. If you’re interested in ways we can help improve your cybersecurity defenses, check out free Security and Threat Prevention Assessment and contact our security experts today.

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Greg LaBrie

Written by Greg LaBrie

Greg LaBrie has more than 20 years of network architecture and engineering experience designing networks that exceed technical requirements, improve operational proficiency and reduce total costs of ownership. Greg holds a number of technical certifications for HPE, Cisco, Fortinet, and much more.

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