Encryption has been a hot topic of discussion during the implementation phase of most data privacy laws. In the age where organizations are dealing with large volumes of data each day, the protection of this sensitive data is critical. The data, which is seen as a business-critical asset for organizations, should be protected against malicious hackers looking for opportunities to steal the data. For these reasons, most data privacy regulations call for organizations to encrypt their data to help to prevent against cyber-attacks.

Today’s article is about one such data privacy law that repeatedly mentions the adoption of encryption. GDPR is a data privacy law in the EU that mentions the use of encryption. Although not mandatory, it is yet seen as a best practice for protecting personal data. So, let us first understand what data encryption is and then understand the role of encryption in GDPR compliance.

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What Is Data Encryption?

Data encryption is a process or technique of translating data from text to hashed code that can only be decrypted with a special key. This is one of the most effective processes that organizations can incorporate to enhance their data security measures.

The purpose of encrypting data is to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive data. Oftentimes, unencrypted data, which is stored in computers, on servers or transmitted using insecure internet or insecure computer networks, can result in data breaches. Having stored or transmitted unencrypted data can jeopardize the confidentiality of the data and lead to data sprawl and hacking.

Benefits of Data Security Encryption

Encryption plays a crucial role in the security of data. Encryption algorithms ensure the confidentiality, privacy and integrity of the data. It also ensures authentication, access controls and non-repudiation of sending data. There are more benefits to incorporating the technique of data encryption. Provided (Read more...)