How much do you know about encrypting data? Unless you’re a total tech geek, chances are what you know about it is rudimentary. Yes, we all know whatever we type looks like a jumbled mess of characters to whomever tries to access the information without the authorization to do so. But other than that, is there a one-size-fits-all encryption solution?

Put simply, no. Depending on the size of your business and how many people will be authorized to review the information, there are different types that would be beneficial for you.

Types of Encryption:

Let’s say you’re a small business owner and you want to make sure that only your employees can read communications among each other. Your only goal is to keep information within that circle. In that event, symmetric encryption would work well. This means everyone has the same key code to encrypt and decrypt information.

If you need something more exclusive, you can use public key encryption. With this type of security, there are two key codes: A private one that only you will hold, and a public one that you will share with everyone with whom you want to share information.

For example, let’s say you draft a message with your private key. (1) Only the people with the public key can read it, and (2) they will know that the message could’ve only come from you, since you’re the only user with a private key. Or they could use their public key to write a communication for you; and only you, with your private key, can read it.

Types of Information To Be Encrypted

Whenever you’re drafting a communication, your data is in use. You can install software that will encrypt data in this state. However, you also want to protect data in motion (once you’re done creating the message and send it), and data at rest (when the data is stored in your server or cloud service). All three types need to be specifically addressed to ensure that you’re not left with a vulnerability within your system.

There is no need to allow unfamiliar information to become overwhelming. At Source 1 Solutions, we have an entire staff of sophisticated IT experts who can make life easier for you. Contact us for your business security needs. You’ll be glad you did.

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