August 7, 2015

The IoT Guide to Choosing the Right Encryption Software

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The Role of Human Error in IoT Security

Information and people are two of your business’s greatest assets. And they’re inextricably linked. People generate information and transmit it to each other.

People, too, can unfortunately be one of the weak links when it comes to the security of that information. Whether through simple human error or more insidious malicious hacking, people are very often the cause of organisational data breaches.

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge. Encryption is something you’ve been talking about for a long time, and you’ve finally decided to actually do it. You recognise that it’s not something worth compromising on if you want to take data protection seriously. If information is automatically encrypted, it’s far harder for people to either maliciously access it, or accidentally leave it open to prying eyes.

Different Types of IoT Encryption

But there are multiple different types of encryption, and thousands of suppliers out there. How can you choose the encryption software that’s right for your business?

Here are some of the questions we think you need to consider:

  • What data journeys or information flows take place within your business? Where, and how, is information generated, stored, and transmitted to? Comprehensive encryption needs to handle every section of these journeys, leaving no gaps.
  • Which third parties come into contact with your data? Can you trust them? Remember that trust here isn’t just a matter of ethics or morals, but of IT capability. Further to this, how many different third parties does your encryption solution need to ‘plug into’?
  • Have you considered Machine to Machine (M2M) communications? If your data is going to be transmitted between mobile devices, then your encryption software should be optimised to handle this.
  • What are your business’s plans for the future? How do you intend to expand or grow? In turn, how agile and scalable does your encryption solution need to be?
    Which internal stakeholders will be managing your encryption platform? What are their priorities?

Device Authority has taken these challenges head-on, and we’re always delighted to start exploring how encryption could work for your business.

Get in touch with us today or download our Introduction to Encryption Insight Guide.

James Penney