IT managers rely on encryption strategies for cybersecurity

January 13, 2015

Few can deny the potential advantages of cloud computing. With the technology in place, business leaders are able to easily store and share data, reduce the costs of IT infrastructure and globalize their workforce. The cloud also has the ability to streamline operations through a central, organized hub of relevant information that is easy to access. As a result of these clear benefits, chief executives across the globe are implementing the cloud in their daily workplace routine.

Yet despite these positives, cybersecurity continues to be the main impediment to universal adoption of the cloud. Even after the establishment of a clear cloud policy and a range of preventative measures, data breaches are still quite regular and, at times, costly. IT managers and tech engineers are continually devising new ways to protect companies and agencies against these threats.

Encryption has become one of the most useful and widespread strategies to help counter cybersecurity issues. By turning the most important and confidential data into an illegible heap, hackers can be put at bay. This form of protection will likely become more common as cybersecurity further develops in the tech industry.

Amazon develops new encryption technology
Amazon Web Services recently released new encryption options for its customers, according to Talkin’ Cloud. The options are compatible with a host of different database services. Jeff Barr, chief evangelist for Amazon Web Services, told the news source that the goal of the development is to make it easier for clients to encrypt data on Amazon’s relational database services.

“For all the database engines and key management options listed above, encryption and decryption are applied automatically and transparently to RDS storage and to database snapshots,” Jeff Barr, chief evangelist for AWS, told the news source. “You don’t need to make any changes to your code or to your operating model in order to benefit from this important data protection feature.”

A line of defense against hacking
Inquisitr reported that in the aftermath of hacks on Home Depot, Target and Sony Pictures, companies across the country are pondering ways to bolster their security measures.

“You don’t know and you can’t trust your file is private,” Frederick Grieb of Nomura Securities told the news source. “It’s like sending a postcard in the mail – anyone can read it.”

As a result of this unsettling truth, Nomura Securities has begun using an encryption service that aims to disarray potential hackers. After all, while reactivity can prevent future cyberattacks, proactive behavior can stop the first one from happening.