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Cloud Security Myth vs. Fact #2: Is Encryption the Best Security for Data at Ris ...

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Cloud Security Myth vs. Fact #2: Is Encryption the Best Security for Data at Ris ...

Whenever there’s a major data breach one of the first things everyone asks is, “Was the data encrypted?” This is a very natural question to ask because since the 1970s encryption has evolved in line with computing power and technology to offer relatively strong protection against brute force attacks. If given a choice between having your data protected with encryption or leaving it unprotected entirely, almost everyone would choose encryption. But is it really that simple?

In this four-part blog series , we dispel several cloud security myths and provide facts that will help you implement the right strategy and technology to keep your organization’s data secure in the cloud. In this second installment, we address whether encryption is the all-around best method for protecting sensitive data in the cloud:

Myth #2: Strong encryption is the best security for data.

Fact: Encryption is only effective if well controlled. The best encryption is fine-grained with fragmenting abilities to decrypt individual sensitive data fields based on user roles.

Encryption is generally applied at a broad level when an entire system, database, or physical drive is encrypted. This is not unusual, and is not bad practice, but it’s like storing everything valuable (Read more...)


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