Solid Database Encryption is a Requirement for SMBs

by | Aug 6, 2015 | Business Continuity

Why everyone needs database encryption

Database encryption is the process of converting plain text data into meaningless cipher text. The 4 steps involved in encrypting your database are:

  • Determine the need for encryption
  • Decide what data needs to be encrypted
  • Choose the algorithms that best meet the encryption standard
  • Determine how the keys will be managed

Small businesses can benefit from database encryption because it secures information and it is needed to comply with regulatory mandates. There are 2 main types of database encryption systems. The first is symmetric encryption in which the sender and the recipient of the information hold the same key for translation. They use the key to code and decode data and exchange it secretly. The second type of system is the public key and it involves 2 separate keys: a public one for encoding; and a private one for decoding. Several individuals and businesses have access, but only one party holds the private key. The public key can be posted on a website or stored in an easily attainable key repository.

If you employ solid encryption methods in your computers, mobile devices, and cloud systems you can reduce their vulnerability to attacks and potential financial losses. Encryption can secure clean data while permitting it to be transferred to other parties. Additional functions are:

  • Cloud storage protection
  • Operating system concealment
  • Email securement
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Good business continuity specialists can provide you with specialized technical support. They can install data backup and disaster recovery solutions and their services can restore your failed servers and data quickly.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.