The field of cryptography has come a long way in recent years. In fact, the progress made in such a short space of time represents one of the more gratifying aspects of modern cryptanalysis.
While cryptogeeks are well aware of the many advancements that have been made, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with them all. However, with a little research and understanding, it’s possible to stay ahead of the curve and make informed decisions about what is best for your business.
In this blog post, we’ll take you through some of the latest advancements in cryptography so you can stay ahead of the curve and protect your data from hackers and other cybercriminals alike.
Encryption Standards – No Longer As Secure As They Used to Be
Encryption has been used for years as a means of protecting data. It is a tried and true tool for keeping information secure, and attempting to break encryption involves a large investment of time and resources. It is not something that can be rushed, as it is a slow, low-yield process. If you choose to go down this route, you need to be sure that the encryption you choose is certified as secure.
There are a number of encryption standards that are certified as secure, but not many of them are used today. If you are using a standard that is not certified as secure, there is a good chance that your data is at risk. If so, you could face high costs and even damage to your business if your data is stolen.
In order to protect your data, you will need to invest the time and money into purchasing certified encryption.
It is possible to purchase certified encryption software, but this is expensive, and if your business uses a lot of data, it may be worth the money to purchase certified software and have it installed on every device in your organization.
Data is no Longer Stored on a Device Alone
Stripped of its original content, data is simply lost. Whether it is due to device damage, human error, or another cause, data is simply lost. This is why it is critical to keep data on devices as short a chain of custody as possible. If data is kept on the device itself, it is much less susceptible to destruction or loss.
Additionally, by keeping data on the device itself, you are also ensuring that it is only accessible to those who have a legitimate reason to see it. This may not seem like a major advancement, but bear with me here. We have all heard stories of people who have stolen personal data from computers by plugging their computer into a printer, or vice versa.
These are two-factor solutions that require both a physical access and a digital signature. If you keep data on the device itself, and another device is used to sign the data, it is much less attractive to a thief.
Additionally, when you store data on an encrypted medium such as a hard drive or a USB flash drive, it is physically harder for a hacker to access.
End-to-End Encryption is the Future
We have all heard about the importance of end-to-end encryption, and how it will become the norm. However, companies are not doing enough to protect their customers’ data, and are instead relying on third-party services such as those offered by Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!.
Coupled with the fact that many consumers are now storing sensitive data on the internet, end-to-end encryption looks set to become the norm. We have already seen companies such as Uber and LinkedIn implement end-to-end encryption, and more are set to follow suit.
By encrypting the entire communication path between you and your business, you are keeping your data much safer from theft, and also protecting your brand.
As we have seen, there are a number of advancements that have been made in cryptography in recent years. It can sometimes be difficult to keep up with them all. However, with a little research and understanding, it’s possible to stay ahead of the curve and make informed decisions about what is best for your business.