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The Changing Face Of Encryption: What You Need To Know Now
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RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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12/31/2015 | 8:53:47 AM
Encryption TIP 1
Encryption tip 1 is pivotal. The idea behind encryption is to protect the file integrity but also remember that availability of the data is another monumental piece of the CIA triad. If you encrypt data so that only a small subset can decrypt it, then you are going to run into a large level of effort and most likely reverting to a standard encryption methodology anyway.
trs2016
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trs2016,
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1/11/2016 | 5:32:47 PM
Re: The need for encryption
The author correctly implies that strong data encryption is a double edged sword... Done correctly, it is the only proven way of securing data, even in the case where a breach occurs and the data is harvested... the bad guys won't be able to do anything with properly encrypted data. But given the expertise required, it is far too easy for the people building apps to either not encrypt anything, or to chose the wrong encryption method/strength, make an authentication mistake, or improperly generate, apply or store the Keys used for encryption. Many times the developer will include what they feel is strong encryption, only to discover much later that their customer data has been exposed the whole time. What is needed is encryption-as-service offered by trusted vendors who are proven crypto experts. That way developers can focus on contiuning to innovate, and simply plug in a RESTful API call to encrypt the data their apps are gathering and processing. Similar add-on services have been available for things such as credit card payment processing, subscription management, user authentication, etc. Today, it would be foolish for a developer to build any of those services from scratch, simply because there are readily available, cost effective (if not free), and easy to implement solutions available. The market needs the same for application encryption services.
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12/31/2015 | 2:52:51 PM
"...dedicated hardened server that holds all secret keys." = Hardware Security Module
Worth noting that building a "dedicated hardened server that holds all secret keys" is nontrivial. A hardware security module (HSM) is that server. Simply put an HSM is a vault for keys with, if you need it, extreme access controls. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardware_security_module
DaveS074
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1/5/2016 | 5:19:21 PM
Examples...
The article mentions the amount of poor examples. How about some examples that the reader could go to that follow the articles tips. Or perhaps a follow-up piece on the best books or websites out there.


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