Welcome back to the 12 Days to Inspire Cybersecurity Culture!
DAY 6: Why should you encrypt your data?
Data is GOLD. When you hear cases of ransomware, it is the data hackers have stolen and held for a fast payday.
One of the most effective methods for securing your data is through encryption; the process of scrambling text (ciphertext) to render it unreadable to unauthorized users. Data should be encrypted both where it is stored and when sent via email or other form of communication. Encryption is a way of strengthening both privacy and security.
If your organization stores Personally Identifiable Information (PII), that information must be secured to maintain compliance. Encryption will strengthen the privacy and security of PII.
What is PII?
- Financial information
If PII is stolen your company can be held liable and imposed hefty fines.
Data Encryption solutions can help meet a variety of business needs, including:
- Unified and centrally managed data encryption
- Encryption for files, databases, and applications
- Cloud encryption key orchestration
- Data encryption key centralization
- Management of user access policies
- Tokenization and data masking to protect data-in-use
- Support for regulatory compliance efforts
QUESTIONS TO ASK:
- Do you encrypt your data?
- Do you ensure your staff is encrypting emails when sending sensitive information?
- Do you have a written policy and procedure for encrypting data?
Stay tuned for Day 7: Mobile Security