Why Encryption is a Must for Data Protection?

With the increased rate of data breaches, many large and small organizations are looking for additional cybersecurity to protect themselves and their customers from unauthorized access. Some large organizations, including Zoom and Twitter, have become victims of spear-phishing attacks during the pandemic. Against this backdrop, companies are now turning towards encryption of data with additional endpoint controls as a part of their risk management strategy. In this article at Info Security, Jon Fielding explains why it is essential for companies to apply encryption and endpoint control to all devices – laptops, phones, and even USBs.

Reasons Why Encryption Matters

Encryption is increasingly essential because of the prevalence of entry points to a business’ networks. Vast amounts of personal information are managed online and stored in the cloud. It’s nearly impossible to conduct business without storing your personal data in an organization’s computer system. Encryption helps businesses stay compliant with regulatory requirements and standards. Further, it also protects the valuable data of the customers.

As with any digital security system, the weakest link is often the human user. Data encryption often relies on passwords. Weak passwords can expose the encrypted set of data such as user accounts, servers, email accounts, or other computer systems. Therefore, CISOs must implement encryption as a part of a more comprehensive multi-part security system employed to secure data.

The Current Trend

Businesses now realize the value of encryption. Studies have revealed that there is an increase in encryption and endpoint control. Today, most organizations have a policy that demands encryption of all data held on removable media. “With so much data now moving beyond the corporate perimeter, it’s imperative to address the importance of encryption in protecting sensitive information whilst giving staff the flexibility required to work remotely,” says Jon.

Organizations must analyze their data and identify everything that must be protected. CISOs must ensure to encrypt data at all stages of its lifecycle. To read the original article, click on https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/opinions/encryption-answer-lockdown/.

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