7 Deadly IT Sins – File Encryption

Recently, for our 7 Deadly Sins blog post, we discussed the importance of email encryption. As we continue to cover Sophos’ 7 Deadly IT Sins, we want to provide more information about the different types of data encryption that exist, and why they are important for your business’ security strategy. For today’s post, we are going to cover File Encryption in an effort to help you think about what data needs protecting outside of the email system.

File_EncryptionAs we previously discussed, one of the reasons that encryption remains such a struggle within IT Security Strategies is that it requires a certain level of technical understanding that makes it difficult for non-technical professionals to really comprehend. In essence, encryption is a method of protecting your data by making it un-readable to anyone who does not possess the decryption key.

File Encryption – The Issues

There are loads of ways to go about file encryption within your organizations. There are two basic methods to go about encrypting your organization’s files – full-disk encryption and file-level encryption.

At a high-level, there are pros and cons to both of these methods. Full-disk encryption allows you to encrypt and entire device, such as an USB drive, so that in the event one of your employees loses it, you don’t have to be concerned with compromised data. However, full-disk encryption cannot protect the data once it has left that device and been moved to the cloud or emailed to another user.

On the other hand, when you execute file encryption on specific files individually, you can protect sensitive data without over-complicating less critical information. File encryption also allows your data to be encrypted when it is in transit or stored somewhere in the cloud. However, true file-level encryption is so granular that it can become very difficult to manage the various passwords and decryption keys for every file in your organization.

While the different ways that file encryption can be executed within organizations seems like it would make it easier for organizations to choose the system that works right for them and then have a hassle-free system, this is far from true. Most companies will want the IT department to carefully manage the encryption keys across various devices. Without this central management, file encryption can quickly get out of hand and difficult to manage.

File Encryption – How Sophos and Orion can Help

Sophos’ award-winning encryption solution makes it simple for you to manage your security policies and data protection across your organization. Sophos SafeGuard Encryption provides complete data protection across multiple platforms and devices, while also providing complete file encryption for data that is being sent between various devices. This allows you to ensure that your data is protected no matter where your employees access it.

Sophos SafeGuard Encryption provides several benefits that help you install and manage your file encryption, including:

  • Use of internationally recognized encryption standards for full hard-disk encryption
  • Allows multiple users to share encrypted computers without sharing their passwords
  • Encrypts data in the background so that protection doesn’t impact worker productivity
  • Stops unauthorized users from reading lost or stolen media

When you outsource your security needs to Orion’s managed security services, all of this is taken care of for you! Our Sophos Experts will help you figure out what system configurations will be most effective for file encryption within your specific business processes.

For a free trial of Sophos SafeGuard Encryption, Click Here.

If you are interested in learning more about how Orion and Sophos can help your organization, contact us today!

By | 2017-03-24T13:47:48-04:00 July 8th, 2015|Security, Sophos|

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