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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 Needs a Plan
When an organization implements encryption, it needs to be done seriously, soberly, and without undue haste. Of course, that's true of most enterprise IT, but the consequences of getting encryption spectacularly wrong can be dire, indeed.
One of the recent examples of very poor planning comes from the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, whose CEO kept encryption keys on his encrypted laptop. That was fine, until he suddenly died - without telling anyone else the key to his laptop. Now critical information is securely locked away, never to be seen again (unless a skilled white hat can work a bit of magic on the system).
This really gets back to this notion that encryption is complicated. It's easy for executives, and even some IT professionals, to believe that encryption is no more complicated than clicking a couple of text boxes, remembering a (strong) password, and enjoying total security.  But, like virtually every aspect of cybersecurity, encryption requires analysis, planning, and careful implementation. Then, and only then, can anyone sit back and enjoy improved security.
(Image: Tuomas Kujansuu via Adobe Stock)

Encryption Needs a Plan

When an organization implements encryption, it needs to be done seriously, soberly, and without undue haste. Of course, that's true of most enterprise IT, but the consequences of getting encryption spectacularly wrong can be dire, indeed.

One of the recent examples of very poor planning comes from the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, whose CEO kept encryption keys on his encrypted laptop. That was fine, until he suddenly died without telling anyone else the key to his laptop. Now critical information is securely locked away, never to be seen again (unless a skilled white hat can work a bit of magic on the system).

This really gets back to this notion that encryption is complicated. It's easy for executives, and even some IT professionals, to believe that encryption is no more complicated than clicking a couple of text boxes, remembering a (strong) password, and enjoying total security. But, like virtually every aspect of cybersecurity, encryption requires analysis, planning, and careful implementation. Then, and only then, can anyone sit back and enjoy improved security.

(Image: Tuomas Kujansuu via Adobe Stock)

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