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2/8/2019
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6 Reasons to Be Wary of Encryption in Your Enterprise

Encryption can be critical to data security, but it's not a universal panacea.
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Encryption Requires Protection
In addition to providing protection to data, encryption requires protection - especially when it comes to the keys used for both ends of the encryption process. As enterprise security specialists, including those at Starwood Hotels and Marriott International have found, losing the keys to an encryption scheme renders that scheme, well, far less secure than it should be.
As has been often noted, security is expensive. The more pieces an organization has to secure, the more its security is likely to cost. And encryption adds to the component count. Whether the encryption is of data at rest or through a VPN, there are, at a minimum, the mechanisms to enact the encryption and the keys to the encryption, which must be (spoiler alert!) stored and protected separately.
An encryption scheme without a solid plan and infrastructure for protecting the encryption mechanism and its keys is incomplete at best and dangerously porous at worst. Encryption key safes are real things and just one of the options to consider as a component in a truly secure encryption plan.
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Encryption Requires Protection

In addition to providing protection to data, encryption requires protection especially when it comes to the keys used for both ends of the encryption process. As enterprise security specialists, including those at Starwood Hotels and Marriott International have found, losing the keys to an encryption scheme renders that scheme, well, far less secure than it should be.

As has been often noted, security is expensive. The more pieces an organization has to secure, the more its security is likely to cost. And encryption adds to the component count. Whether the encryption is of data at rest or through a VPN, there are, at a minimum, the mechanisms to enact the encryption and the keys to the encryption, which must be (spoiler alert!) stored and protected separately.

An encryption scheme without a solid plan and infrastructure for protecting the encryption mechanism and its keys is incomplete at best and dangerously porous at worst. Encryption key safes are real things and just one of the options to consider as a component in a truly secure encryption plan.

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