Deciding how to encrypt your data

Deciding how to encrypt your data

As Data Centres continue to revolutionize the way business is done in the Middle East, companies are facing an inevitable question – how will we encrypt our data?

In the following article, we break down what goes into that decision,  which encryption keys prove effective and provide details on common encryption programs utilized in the market.

An encryption algorithm is a set of rules that determines how data is encrypted and decrypted. Some of the most common encryption algorithms are AES, RSA, DES, and SHA. When choosing an encryption algorithm, a business must consider the level of security required, compliance regulations within the industry the company operates in, and the way in which your company interacts with its data.

Will data need to be regularly encrypted, passed around, decoded and decrypted to be edited, then packaged again?

There are two types of encryption currently used on the market, slowly incorporating Artificial Intelligence, and upscaling to meet increased activity from threat actors.

The first key is symmetric encryption uses the same key to encrypt and decrypt data.

However, asymmetric encryption uses a pair of keys: one public and one private, which is more secure however is much slower in regard to interoperability for businesses and the like.

Businesses need to be aware of the flow of their data, the level of security they require and the sensitivity of the data they are dealing with. All businesses fall victim to threat actors at some point – subroutines such as encryption keep not only employees safe, but partners, customers and more.

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