In today’s digital world data is considered to be the crown jewels and should be protected from those that might abuse it. The value to the business that data represents should be balanced against the risk of it being exposed. Traditionally viewed as a pure security issue, as data protection laws start to change this will become much more of a compliance issue.

In simple terms encryption makes the data unreadable to a person or entity that is not authorised to or possesses the keys to decrypt that data. Addressing the security principle of confidentiality, encryption can prevent heavy fines imposed as a result of a data breach. Theft of data is rife and a lucrative business, you should start to take steps now to understand how you could prevent such an incident and how implementing encryption could help.

A considered approach is advised, as implementation can be daunting. You may also need to update internal processes and workflows to accommodate the changes. You should consider developing an encryption implementation strategy. Phrases such as “Data in motion”, “Data at rest” and “Data in use” may be ambiguous now but will become commonplace in the not-too-distant future.