Unencrypted data is extremely damaging in the wrong hands. As data theft continues to increase, encrypting backup and other sensitive information is a must in today's world. Organizations are adopting encryption methods to safeguard even internal communications, for example: encrypting IM sessions and corporate intranet sites' hosting forums and knowledgebases, encrypting network volumes containing confidential or sensitive information. Software like Enterprise PGP suite and other encryption tools are widely used within organizations to protect sensitive corporate information and internal electronic communication.
Security auditors and IT departments must work together to understand the risks associated with unencrypted data and to help develop data security plans to safeguard sensitive corporate information.
This was first published in September 2005