Myths about data encryption

Myths about data encryption

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Data encryption is slow, complex, resource-consuming and inconvenient in everyday life. These and other prejudices against data encryption do not correspond to the facts.

The need to protect data for legal and compliance reasons is an accepted fact in the business world. Data protection officers and business strategists are aware that this necessity is becoming even more important not only in international business, but also due to distributed working environments and the rapidly increasing use of the cloud in all business areas. The most effective technology to address compliance requirements and cyber risks is to encrypt all sensitive data that leaves the company to the cloud. But data encryption still has to contend with traditional prejudices from the past - from times when this technology was still far removed from today's developments and technical possibilities.

Stubborn prejudices

“It is amazing how long prejudices can persist even though they no longer correspond to the facts. This is reminiscent of vehicle brands that are still said to this day to mean that you have to buy two vehicles - one for driving and the other for the workshop. “And this despite the fact that these vehicles are now at least as reliable as those of other brands and in some cases even innovation leaders,” says Andreas Steffen, CEO of eperi. “Such prejudices are nonsense. Because data encryption has long since outgrown the previous problems and is now the only effective means of reliably protecting data.” The four most common myths about data encryption:

  • Data encryption slows down access. It is wrong to say that data encryption and additional security come at the expense of speed (performance). Modern encryption technologies are optimized to enable access to data efficiently and quickly. Advances in hardware and software technology have made the performance impact of data encryption no longer a concern. Modern computers and cloud platforms are capable of processing encrypted data efficiently and users will not notice any difference in speed.
  • Data encryption makes collaboration difficult. Old encryption solutions had this problem. What one employee encrypted, the other could not read or process. But that is a long time ago. Because modern solutions take into account seamless collaboration and collaboration in companies without putting data at risk. Advanced and platform-based encryption technology makes it possible to protect data without compromising usability or efficiency.
  • Data encryption limits application functionalities and reduces productivity and efficiency. In the past, it was often the case that encrypted data impaired the functionality of applications, especially in the cloud. So what good is data encryption if it means you can no longer process the data properly in the applications? Losses in functionality and efficiency were inevitable. But today's technologies solve this problem: Function-preserving measures not only guarantee important functions such as searching or sorting, but also the complete processing of data in encrypted form, for example in Hubspot, Salesforce, ServiceNow or Microsoft 365 applications. This guarantees the smooth running of work processes with securely encrypted data in the cloud and also for SaaS environments.
  • Data encryption is only for large companies. When it comes to data protection and the global threat situation, it doesn't matter how big the company whose data needs to be protected is. Whether large corporations or medium-sized organizations, everyone has data and information that is worth protecting for legal reasons or for corporate strategy considerations. Cybercriminals or industrial spies don't care which company they steal the data from. The main thing is that they are valuable and can be turned into money. Data encryption is a security practice that is instrumental in protecting data from various threats, regardless of the size of the organization. Data encryption with gateway technology can be integrated into any environment - seamlessly, scalably and, above all, with a level of investment that even medium-sized and smaller organizations can afford.
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