Encryption is the process of turning regular text (or other data) from normal, readable format into unreadable cipher-text which can be safely sent across the internet and decrypted only by the intended recipient.  It is also used to store data.  Every time you access an internet site that starts with https (the ‘s’ is for ‘secure’) encryption is at work. But are small businesses wasting valuable resources and hurting their bottom lines by over encrypting?

Mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops) have a much greater likelihood of being lost or stolen than desktops or servers.  As such encrypting all sensitive data stored on mobile devices is an absolute necessity.  Companies that elect to store data in a cloud facility that they do not own or handle physical security for should also ensure their data is encrypted.  Anywhere a company cannot be certain of the physical security of a storage device, that company needs to make sure all data and files are encrypted.

But what about when a company handles the physical security around the location of their data themselves?  When the data is stored on an in-house server, locked with only a select group of people possessing the key and office access restricted to keypad codes that tie back to an individual over a camera monitored door--encryption is still a necessity, isn’t it?  Better safe than sorry, right?  Wrong.  If a person can access data stored on your network, he or she must have credentialed access—someone’s username and password.  In that case whatever program encrypted the data will decrypt it for the hacker, so the encryption is rendered completely useless.  This is where companies overuse encryption and waste resources.

Essentially you are spending money and man hours to add a level of useless security.  However, the road to peace of mind is confusing and treacherous.  If you’re ready to add a team of qualified professional experts to your business to navigate that road for you give me a call at 203-363-0011 x 107!