Protecting Data from Breaches Requires an Encryption Key Management Strategy

Data breaches have only been increasing and its estimated that nearly 1.5 billion people will have their personal data exposed through data breaches in 2020. How can you take steps to safeguard the customer, employee, and patient data you are entrusted to protect?

According to a recent Gartner report,

“Privacy and data breaches continue to be widespread due to lack of data security governance and operational frameworks for encryption”

The report includes recommendations to:

  • Employ data security governance principles

  • Establishing crypto operations that are consistent enterprise wide

  • Minimize the number of data security vendors

  • Apply crypto to all data protection use cases

Download the Gartner report: Develop an Enterprise wide Encryption Key Management Strategy

In this blog, we will cover how Fortanix can help enterprises implement an encryption key management strategy inline with the three key areas recommended by Gartner.

The three key areas of enterprise wide encryption key management

The three key areas of Enterprisewide key management

1. Employing data security governance principles

Any successful data governance policy should consider factors like data residency, compliance requirements, privacy impact, prioritized security risks and threats. According to Gartner, 81 percent of businesses are adopting a hybrid cloud and multi-cloud strategy. But they are held back because of compliance requirements or regulatory regulations. The risk of third-party access to the encryption keys also has resulted in many organizations holding back on this journey.

How Fortanix can help?

Fortanix manages data security for multiple public clouds and hybrid environments through a single platform that can scale and cluster between global sites. It is not secure to store encryptions keys in the same location as the data it is used to encrypt. If cloud provider insiders or cybercriminal gain access to those keys, they can decrypt data stored in the cloud leading to a data breach and violation of privacy regulations. Fortanix secures data everywhere while enabling customers, not cloud providers, to maintain control of their encryption keys and their data at all times. Many regulated industries including financial services, healthcare, and retail require that encryption keys be stored in FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated HSMs. Unlike cloud-native key management services, Fortanix provides FIPS 140-2 Level 3 protection for all encryptions keys, secrets, and tokens, enabling regulated industries to move sensitive data to the public cloud without risking compliance.

With Fortanix, organizations can now use and store encryption keys outside the cloud provider.

2. Focus on day to day operations

Minimizing encryption vendors; simplifying key management

The encryption strategy of the enterprise must consider all the ways the data can be stored, input and output. It is also important to minimize the number of encryption vendors and simplify key management by making use of a vendor that can help with multiple data protection use cases.

How Fortanix can help?

Fortanix provides Data Security as a Service (DaaS) platform with integrated hardware security module (HSM), Key management, encryption, shared secrets, and tokenization capabilities. Fortanix enables customers to reduce the cost of complexity of data security by consolidating or replacing multiple encryption, HSMs, key management, tokenization and secrets management systems with a single integrated system with standardized cryptographic interfaces. Fortanix provides a “single pane of glass” modern and intuitive user interfaces for simplified administration and control. Powerful RESTful APIs make it easy for developer and DevOps teams to use and integrate data security into their applications.

3. Operationalize Encryption Key Management Deployments (access, backup, long-term storage, and agility)

One of the most critical operational configurations involves the backup of the key management database. Without a proper backup, any system failure could result in a complete loss of data. Long term retention of the backup, ability to store historical audit records, options for on-site and offsite key storage are all critical.

How Fortanix can help?

With Fortanix enterprises can securely generate, store, and use cryptographic keys and certificates, as well as secrets, such as passwords, API keys, tokens, or any type of sensitive data. The Fortanix distributed scale-out architecture provides scalable performance on demand and simplified operations with built-in synchronization, high availability, and disaster recovery across on-premise, hybrid, and public cloud locations.

If you are an enterprise that is trying to develop an enterprise wide encryption strategy and are wondering how to go about it, then our team of experts at Fortanix are here to help you.

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