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- Written by GeekBox IT
- Published: 14 Jan 2022
Protecting your organization’s data is a major focus of businesses these days, especially as threats grow more powerful and they better learn to penetrate the countless safeguards put into place. Let’s go over how encryption can help you cover all your bases—especially if hackers do manage to get through your security precautions.
What is Encryption?
There are countless codes and ciphers out there, like the famous Caesar cipher where you take the original letters and switch them according to a set number down the alphabet. For example, the Caesar cipher with a shift of nine might look like this:
“Vjwjpnm bnaerlnb jan cqn bdyanvn xycrxw oxa j kdbrwnbb bnntrwp jbbrbcjwln frcq cqnra RC.”
It’s relatively simple to decipher if you have the key, but the problem is that lacking the key means that it just looks like total nonsense. Encryption works in the same way, but on a fundamentally more complicated level. Encryption software takes data, scrambles it through the use of an algorithm, and uses a key provided to unscramble it. The data remains private until the key is used to unscramble it, making it the perfect tool for ensuring data is safe while it’s in storage or in transit.
That jumbled text above, once decrypted, translates to “Managed services are the supreme option for a business seeking assistance with their IT.”
Encryption is a powerful tool that can be used to secure websites, hard drives, or even individual emails. It can also be used wherever you might store data to secure it.
When is Encryption Needed?
Encryption should be used wherever sensitive data is involved, especially if it is sitting in storage or being shared through email.
Want help incorporating encryption into your business’ protections? We’re here.
If your business wants to implement encryption, GeekBox IT can help. To learn more, reach out to us at (336) 790-1000.