We all know what exactly the aim of cyber criminals is! Their working has reached advanced stages of perfection. They have introduced various ways to breach your security and get hold of your important data and use it as a leverage to extract money out of you. And the extent to which they go just to keep their anonymity has just made the situation all the more grave. Hence the need of the hour is a highly sophisticated form of data protection.
Data protection means to protect the data of the companies against any kind of undesired infiltration and to keep their privacy intact, so that no one can use this as leverage against them. And one of the best ways to keep your data protected is to first think like a criminal. Data encryption is one of the most widely used forms of data protection.
Data encryption basically means that the data is changed from a direct context in a sentence that is not easily understandable. Earlier this method was used only by the government or the military to transmit highly sensitive information. But due the more and more dependence of the general public on the web and the transmission of their personally and professionally sensitive data online, the data encryption has become a widespread phenomenon. Now days the data automatically gets encrypted when it comes in contact with a secure server.
To start with the encryption of the data, you first need to lay down clearly stated laws regarding the encryption of the data. Such as what kind of data is to be encrypted, who will have access to what kind of information, etc. keeping in mind the various stakeholders for the data.
To start with data encryption, you need to decide that whether the data is to be encrypted centrally or it should be distributed among the organization and encrypted. The user of the encryption should not only support multiple encryption standards so that there is no violation of the government rules and regulations, but also should use the already set standards of cryptography for example a 256 bit key length encryption is an internationally used encryption standard. No single user should have access to all the decryption keys of the organization. The company should keep a tab on the number of times the encrypted data has been accessed, by whom it has been accessed, the function of the access, the encryption key used, everything. The users should also keep their encryption keys in a secure location that only a few have access to, and there should a secondary location for the backup encryption key in case of any unintentional loss of distortion of the original encryption key.
It is important to keep all kinds of data under protection. And kind of disturbance in the day to day working of anyone is never welcomed. And hence a slightest indication of unusual activity should not be ignored. After all, all the hackers start from the baby steps. You should always cover all bases and this can only be done if you think like a hacker, that how you would hack into your system with the given security, this will help in better data protection practices as you will then be able to put your guard in the place of need.
Gitanjali is an expert tech writer and work for computer repair service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software.