Today, one of the top priorities for enterprises is data protection, if not the top priority. Data breaches are at an all-time high, and enterprises are concentrating on the Data-Centric Security approach as a result of new rules like GDPR and others coming into effect. Therefore, encryption is among the earliest and most successful technology solutions that can help businesses achieve data-centric security.
The two main drivers for encryption are.
- EU GDPR
- HIPPA/HIPPA HITECH
- Big Data Lakes
- Cloud Platforms
- Analytics involving sensitive data
The journey of encrypting data follows a thorough process that consists of:
Although encryption has been around for millennia, how it is used depends on the context in which the information is processed and the specific business needs. As a result, even though it may seem simple, encryption has its own set of difficulties that must be addressed while developing an encryption solution. We at Encryption Consulting are aware of these difficulties
1. Data Discovery:
An organization’s first and most important step is to identify the sensitive and important data that needs to be encrypted. This is done through data discovery and assessment.
Engaging in discussion with business stakeholders and data custodians
Data discovery tools selection and deployment for structured, unstructured, and semi-structured data storage.
2. Key Management: Cloud or On-Premises
Key management is one of the most critical components of Encryption. It is very important to carefully identify and design the best approach suited for your needs.
- Providing secure keys with ongoing security
- Denying cloud administrators access to keys
keys for control as the customer
- Data will also be deleted if a consumer deletes their key.
- preserving key control on-site.
Limitation of Key
- Commitment to the key management platform at any cost.
- Not permitting key exchanges.
Rotate the keys
- Avoid using the key excessively as this increases susceptibility.
- Using a new key to rekey data instead of creating a new key.
3. Querying Encrypted Data
Searching and indexing encrypted data that is kept on-site or in the cloud is frequently necessary. Organizations should be very concerned about this since it may require decrypting data frequently, increasing the chance that a hacker may gain access to decrypted data. Frequent decryption might further increase the time and resource demands on the system.
4. Performance Costs
Every time data is encrypted, there is a performance cost involved. Systems could sluggish down due to the volume of encrypted data.
5. Key Length and the Encryption Algorithm
The choice of the encryption algorithm and Key Length is a crucial part of encryption. While choosing a longer key length can improve security and lower the chance of key compromise, it can have an adverse effect on performance because a longer key length requires more time and resources. Thus, the choice of the encryption technique and key length should take into account both throughput and business needs.
6. Difficulties in Managing Encryption Programs
The issues organizations encounter with encryption program management are as follows while determining which sort of encryption is ideal for their organization:
- Meeting set requirements and compliances
- Assess products/vendors available
- Confirmation of product/vendor
- Establishing and adjusting a secure environment.
- Make a system integration plan.
- Set Formal Policies
- Formatting of Data
- Conduct Performance Test
- Launch Application