A Guide to Data Privacy & Encryption Portability

As consumers, we don’t really notice or think about encryption on a daily basis.

Perhaps it’s caught our attention when using services like WhatsApp, which boasts end to end encryption of our messages, but that’s probably about it.

For businesses, on the other hand, encryption is a must-have that can often mean the difference between keeping your intellectual property within your organisation or  finding it readily available on the dark web.

Encryption is the form of cryptography that denies access to the content of the data packet to anyone but the intended recipient, making it a priceless tool for businesses looking to move sensitive data to the cloud.

Encrypting data has long been used by governments and military to secure sensitive communications and the recent legal wrangling between the FBI and Apple should stand as a testament to how secure the practice is.

So in the context of a cloud environment, what data should your business encrypt and what do they need to look for from their cloud service provider?

“The most important thing to think about is around the access to keys.” says Simon Leech, Chief Technologist for Security, Hybrid IT at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Your data is really only private when only one person has access to the key that’s being used to encrypt or decrypt that data. So it’s important to understand the approach that your service provider takes to key management”

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