With so many businesses storing sensitive information on the cloud, security is paramount. Read this guide to learn more about how to keep your data safe with cloud encryption.
If you own a business, you may consider data to be one of your top assets. If you store data on the cloud, it is absolutely critical that you invest in encryption to ensure that this information is kept private and secure. This infographic from Paradyn outlines the various encryption options available and offers some handy tips on how to get it right.
What is Encryption?
Webopedia describes encryption as the “translation of data into a secret code.” By using encryption, companies can make sure that only authorized people have access to sensitive information. Data encryption is an effective way of protecting your business against cyber attacks; as even if a hacker attempted to access the data, they would not be able to read it.
How Does Data Encryption Work?
There are three main categories of cloud encryption:
1. Client-Side Encryption:
This refers to instances when data is encrypted on a user’s computer before being uploaded to the cloud, using a digital key that’s unknown to the storage server. This is the gold standard of cloud encryption and is ideal for organizations that handle large amounts of highly sensitive data
2. In-Transit Encryption:
This occurs when the server and computer exchange encryption keys so that data isn’t accessible to anyone else on the same network during uploading. In-transit encryption is less secure than client-side encryption, this option is suitable for organizations that handle little-to-no sensitive information.
3. At-Rest Encryption:
This is when the data is stored in an encrypted state on the storage provider’s servers. Again, this is more suited to businesses that don’t handle a lot of information.
The Business Benefits of Cloud Encryption
A highly reliable option for storing sensitive data, 75% of businesses have either partially or extensively deployed cloud encryption. There are multiple benefits associated with cloud encryption.
Firstly, it helps to reduce the risk of data loss. This is because cloud services are more robust than physical hardware storage and, backing up cloud-based data in another location so your data will be secure even if a disaster strikes.
Encryption also strengthens data protection by adding an extra layer that prevents hackers from reading your data. As such is one of the best weapons against cybercriminals who may be trying to steal and misuse data for fraudulent activities.
What’s more, it simplifies data management, as attachments can be automatically encrypted and emails containing sensitive personal information are less likely to be sent out by mistake.
Finally, if your business operates in the European Union, cloud encryption is recommended for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While GDPR does not specifically mandate encryption, it does mention it in a few articles as a recommended security and personal data protection measures.
Learn More About Cloud Encryption
If you are curious about cloud encryption and would like to learn more about its business benefits, take a look at the below infographic guide.