Data Encryption

  • Introduction

    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.

    Introduction
  • The solution

    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 complianceGDPR 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.

  • Our approach

    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.

Featured Case Study

  • Sector / Charity

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury

    Introduction 

    Our Client 

    The Trussell Trust is a leading anti-poverty charity which supports a nationwide network of food banks. Together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty and campaign for change to create a hunger free future where food banks are no longer needed. There are more than 1,200 food bank centres in the Trussell Trust’s network, roughly two thirds of all the food banks in the UK. The Trussell Trust supports these food banks to provide nutritionally balanced emergency food parcels to people in crisis who have been referred to them by advice agencies, GPs, schools, and others. Food banks also offer people support and guidance to help them resolve the crises they are facing.

    The Problem

    Inconsistent software across workstations and laptops, outdated servers and a need for a more flexible working environment

    The Trussell Trust was running a fully supported version of Windows server in a hypervisor environment with VM’s running Active Directory and Exchange 2010 and file shares.

    Workstations and laptops were running a mixture of Windows 7 and Windows 10 with Office 2010. A 2008 R2 terminal server was being used for remote access and was due to go out of support with Microsoft.

    The organisation wanted to get all IT systems, workstations, and laptops running supported software and the latest Microsoft Office applications.

    They also wanted to get away from the old version of Microsoft Exchange and move their files to the cloud and migrate into SharePoint to become less reliant on on-premise servers and remove the 2008 R2 Terminal server.

    The Solution

    Utilising the full suite of Microsoft Office tools to ensure consistency and efficiency 

    • A new Microsoft 365 tenant was created using the not-for-profit portal. AD Sync tool was installed into their on-prem environment and their Active directory was synced up with M365 in full hybrid mode.
    • Once all machines were upgraded, the email hosting on Exchange 2010 was migrated using the cutover migration process to cloud-based Exchange online. This was done with no email downtime for the users.
    • Once the mail was all cut over, the Exchange 2010 server was de-commissioned and switched off.
    • As soon as the Trussell Trust was able to proceed with the migration of files to SharePoint, this was done using the Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool in a staged manner to avoid users not being able to access file shares.
    • Once each share was migrated it was made read-only on the on-premises systems for reference purposes only and to ensure continuity of data.
    • Microsoft Teams was also deployed during this stage to make every user experience much easier and more flexible.
    • The only exception to the SharePoint Migration was the Accounts files that were required to stay on-premises due to the accounting package in use. However, we were able to utilise the Direct Access system that was deployed earlier in the project to assist with remote access to this.

    The Outcome

    Fully supported and up-to-date in a Hybrid cloud environment

    The finished project meant that the organisation is now running its IT systems on fully supported software and operating systems, with the latest office applications in a Hybrid cloud environment. Staff are able to work much more efficiently moving forward with flexible working, with the majority of their systems fully cloud-based.

    Local Charity The Trussell Trust, Adopts Full Cloud Services in Salisbury

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