“Going dark” is a term coined by the FBI with the definition of encryption in reference to criminal activity, a topic of debate and in the media lately. How is this relevant to networking for businesses in Wisconsin?
What does “Encryption” mean?
Encryption encodes a message so that only the intended receiver is authorized to decode and read it, enhancing security. In the Sophos 2015 survey “The State of Encryption Today,” 54% of United States organizations extensively use encryption, but only 38% of smaller businesses universally do.
Encryption and Businesses
File Encryption. A majority of businesses encrypt to protect the data of the company and its employees. Yet, almost one-third of financial details for both are unprotected.
Devices. Disk encryption keeps data secure if a device is stolen or lost. Over 60% of servers, PCs, and laptops are encrypted by businesses, but more than half of Macs and mobile devices are not.
Other steps to improve security are authentication, password management, access management, and secure file sharing.
Consequences of Unencrypted
Encryption of sensitive data is important because the complications from successful threats are very serious.
- Data Loss. The healthcare industry was responsible for 37% of data breaches in 2014. A Verizon study reported 53% of confirmed data loss incidents were in businesses with less than 1,000 employees. For more information about data recovery, click here.
- Cybercrime. Stolen personal and financial information can result in being sold on the black market, identity theft, and fraudulent purchases.
- Spam. It isn’t just annoying; it’s dangerous. Results can lead to hacking and malware.
- Budget. No one wants to spend money that they don’t have to. However, if data were a resident of a house, then encryption would be the front door; unlocked permits free entry. It ultimately could cost your business economically and reputably.
- Operation. A misconception is that this practice will cause users and work to suffer. False. TriTech will design and implement a custom solution for your business so interference is not a drawback.
- Knowledge. For over 20 years, TriTech Corporation of America has been a leading technical support and network solutions firm in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Wisconsin. Our information technology professionals are certified and expert in their field.
IT services from TriTech have proven quality and consistent results. To start your business plan with encryption technology, call an experienced consultant today at (262) 717-0037, toll-free (800) 891-3388, or email service (at) tritechcoa (dot) com.
Sophos 2015 The State of Encryption Today Survey
Mandiant 2015 Threat Report
Symantec 2015 Internet Security Threat Report
CloudEntr The State of SMB Cybersecurity in 2015