Cyber Security Tip #6

Cyber Security Tip #6: Encrypt Your Data

With major data breaches being reported all too frequently, organizations are now placing increased emphasis on security of personal, private and sensitive information. One method of increasing security is through data encryption. Encryption is the process of scrambling a message or data so that no one but the sender and the intended recipient can read it.

Encryption solutions generally encompass two types: hardware and software. Examples of hardware encryption include a pre-encrypted USB device or hard drive; software encryption consists of a program installed on a machine that encrypts some or all of the data on the system. A variety of encryption tools are available on online. It is important to note that any solution you implement should be compliant with accepted industry standards. It is recommended that you should minimally employ a 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) solution.

For more information on data encryption, please check out the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center website at:http://msisac.cisecurity.org/newsletters/documents/2012-09MSISAC.pdf

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