Sector / Charity
What Is Data Encryption?
Data encryption scrambles data so that it's unreadable to anyone without the correct decryption key or password. Modern IT technology now has the ability to encrypt data built into most products, which includes IT hardware and IT software. If your business is using business grade IT equipment and software, then it will have the ability to encrypt the data stored within without the need for any third party applications.
Data encryption can also be applied to data when in transit, such as traversing a network or as email.
Data Encryption Solutions Depend On What Data You Need To Protect
Data encryption is one of the most effective ways to protect data and one of the most effective computer security solutions, the data cannot be accessed without the encryption key. Data encryption could be as simple as a password protected document or ZIP file, it doesn’t have to be complicated, just effective. For data management and compliance, GDPR includes data encryption for IT security and personal data protection measures.
Email can conform to various data encryption standards and there are multiple solutions available, such as PGP with public key sharing and identity-based encryption which is a hosted solution and uses the recipients email address as a key but stores the data on a platform hosted by the encryption provider.
How We Can Help You Implement Solid Dat Encryption Management
Our preferred choice is Microsoft Windows BitLocker which is built in. This typically relies on a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip built into the hardware however there are alternate options such as USB key to allow IT systems without a TPM chip to still be encrypted when stored on the local disk. For Apple customers we use FileVault which is built into OSX to protect data stored locally on a Mac.
The Silver Cloud Business, here in Salisbury Wiltshire, has many years of experience helping businesses in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and throughout the UK implement various types of data encryption and key management within their IT systems. Contact our business IT support engineers today to see how we can improve your data security.