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Townsend Security Data Privacy Blog

Data Breach Risk Management with AES Encryption

Posted by Paul Taylor on Jun 6, 2012 12:25:00 PM

data breachIt is common knowledge in the IT world that the threat of a data breach is now greater than any other time in the history of technology. Since late 2007, the amount of personal information that has been exposed through data breaches is alarming. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, over 30 million Americans have been victims of data breaches. This is not withstanding the fact that these statistics only count breaches that have been reported.

However, this problem is not unique to the United States. No business organization is immune to risk no matter its size and regardless of the industry or location. Governments all over the world have instituted laws and regulations aimed at protecting the privacy of its citizens. Businesses have now realized the importance of keeping their sensitive data (PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, FFIEC) safe and secure. They have come to realize that protecting their sensitive and critical data protects not only their reputation and profitability, but also aids business objectives. Storing and moving unencrypted sensitive data means taking risks that may result in brand damage, loss of customers, heavy litigation expenses, and possibly millions of dollars in fines. These are some of the dilemmas that an organization would not want to find itself needing to mitigate.

Encryption and key management are a critical part of the solution.

Data encryption is now the primary control helping organizations meet security standards and comply with regulatory guidelines such as the PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, and GLBA/FFIEC.

What factors and threats drive companies to use encryption key management to mitigate their risk of a data breach?

  • An increase in the amount of sensitive data being stored
  • Risk of data loss by employees mishandling data
  • Increased sharing of authorized data with external users
  • Emerging markets for stolen data
  • Stringent regulatory requirements

Current NIST standards have rendered old security technologies ineffective in dealing with IT security risks. Effective encryption key management protects your customers data from potential threat. Encryption will help:

  • Protect your data and sensitive information regardless of the location
  • Meet compliance and regulatory requirements and therefore pass your audits
  • Protect your business, avoid brand damage and  increase profitability

If your business wishes to protect its information from all the above risks, data encryption is necessary to achieve your data security goals and objectives.

Download our white paper "AES Encryption Strategies - A White Paper for the IT Executive" to learn more about key issues in data security, how to choose the right data security partner, and how to develope a strategy that insures early successes.

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Topics: Encryption Key Management, Data Breach

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