In today’s environment, the protection of sensitive data is imperative. Government and corporate compliance mandates are stiffening. HIPAA HITECH regulations now call for significant fines when personal health information is exposed, as well as public notification of such breaches. To protect sensitive data, encryption is the most effective way to achieve security. If data cannot be viewed then no breach can occur.
What is Data encryption?
Data encryption is the process of transforming plain text data (native format), using encryption algorithms and secret encryption keys, to an encrypted format (cipher text). To then utilize the data one must know the secret encryption key required to transform the data from cipher text to plain text.