Encryption is necessary, but political views are fraught with tension

Jan 19, 2015

Many organizations have become well-acquainted with the disaster scenarios that present themselves when they are hacked. The series of high profile attacks made on companies, agencies and even individuals by hackers and those who seek to disclose private information have left everyone a little bit more aware of security. What this means for the average institution is that it is no longer enough to get by with outdated methods of security.

The days of installing a virus scanner or firewall and leaving everything else on a computer unprotected are over. This model of how to defend a network is simply useless in the wake of targeted attacks. Instead, groups should look for ways that they can increase their own security. Many leaders – in both the public and private sector – are pushing for mass adoption of encryption and other security measures.

President Barack Obama’s pushing for encryption and his other cybersecurity proposals highlights a need in the U.S. for all levels of institutions to be better equipped when it comes to security. Personal user information can be very difficult to ferret out or extremely easy to steal, all depending on the amount of attention that a given server gets. By deploying the best possible security measures on to a network, a company can protect not only its own data, but also the valuable information belonging to its clients. In this way, everyone is interdependent in the quest for better safety of their information.

Secure information is safer from everyone
At the same time as Obama pushes for encryption, David Cameron seeks to ban encrypted messaging services. While this could potentially help the U.K. government in their quest to track down lurking in-state terrorists, it would also make it very difficult for businesses to carry protected conversations.

For agencies in the U.S. looking to avoid being hurt by break-ins to their data vaults, encryption presents a valuable asset. By utilizing the top tier of modern security technology, organizations can keep their information safe. Big data strategies rely upon lots of stored information, so finding ways to keep those possible payloads secure will necessarily require heightened security measure. By focusing their attention on ways of preserving their own information, organizations can take the safety of themselves and their employees into their own hands. Agencies will find themselves frequently thrust into the role of guardianship for data, so they should start taking measures to keep their servers safe now.

Category: Cybersecurity