More companies using encryption to protect sensitive data
By Digital News Asia December 26, 2012
- Almost half of companies worldwide have started using encryption technology to protect critical data
- However, many are facing difficulties in implementing encryption systems
ENCRYPTION is the fifth most widespread protection technique, according to a survey conducted by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab in July this year – a sharp rise from the results of a similar survey in 2011 where it barely crept into the top 10.
In effect, encryption is the final defensive barrier. Even after a criminal has successfully forced his way into the company’s IT infrastructure, this last hurdle makes it extremely difficult to get access to important information, Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.
However, most companies have still not fully introduced encryption. According to the B2B International survey, only one-third of specialists (36%) use full disk encryption (also known as encryption of information arrays) and less than half of those specialists (44%) actually protect critical information. Data encryption on external devices, e.g. USB drives, is used by 32%.
"Encryption is among the most promising technologies for reducing the risk of critical data leakage, but it’s at its most effective when incorporated into a comprehensive security system for corporate IT infrastructure,” said Nikolay Grebennikov (pic), chief technology officer at Kaspersky Lab.
Encryption of highly critical data ranks second among the security measures which companies want to develop, with only protection against malware scoring higher. At the same time, companies are facing difficulties in implementing encryption systems, which are notably absent from the top five protection measures used.
These results show that companies require modern systems of information protection, which are both effective and simple to implement.
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