The cybersecurity arms race is evolving quickly. While organizations focus on building higher walls and wider moats to keep out bad actors, those same bad actors deploy more sophisticated attacks. 

This results in a landscape where cybersecurity costs are set to crest over $10T by 2025. Not accounting for the massive intangible costs in reputation, productivity, and morale that only become clear after an event occurs. 

The stakes are high for organizations and the service providers they rely on for secure IT operations.

The holy grail is a scenario in which even if an attacker gets a hold of your data, it’s unreadable and useless. It’s like the scene in an action movie where the bank robbers realize the bags are full of fake bills.

Encryption technology offers an approach to realize this scenario, but organizations haven’t broadly adopted it.

In the past, issues with deployment and management meant ‘the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze.’

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The Need for Dynamic Encryption

Dynamic encryption of sensitive data makes this vision a reality by removing the major stumbling blocks to adoption, such as:

Limited data visibility leading to potential vulnerabilities

It’s rare for organizations to have a clear understanding and visibility into all of their data, where it’s sitting, who has access, and what devices and endpoints are connected.

This opens up endless potential for data leaks and loss, especially for businesses dealing with confidential customer/patient data.

The first step to securing data is to bring complete visibility to every kind of data. This kind of lift has historically been too high for most organizations. 

Dynamic encryption systems don’t wait for you to identify sensitive information. They perform intelligent data discovery, proactively seeking out and classifying every bit of data available (even if it left the door years ago and is sitting on a former employee’s Dropbox).

The ideal software finds every valuable piece of data anywhere and brings it into a single view. 

Lack of proactive security plans or strategies

Another rarity is for organizations to have clear, established protocols for what to do when a breach does occur. The time and maintenance required to manage conventional encryption tools, people, and processes weren’t efficient, let alone ongoing monitoring.

Dynamic encryption removes the need for custom rules and management, centralizing all encryption processes in one interface. 

The right software platform encrypts data wherever it is, ensuring end-to-end protection whether data is at rest or in motion, stored in databases, shared across networks, or accessed through mobile devices.

When a valid user accesses the data, it is automatically decrypted.

Administrators should be able to encrypt selected data with the click of a button from a single pane of glass, allowing them to have a complete view of all data.

The software provides continuous monitoring and access for real-time threat detection and response.

Limited awareness of the monetary risks associated with their data

Despite the apparent risk of a data breach, organizations have been slow to deploy encryption technology because of the difficulty of defining that risk. 

IT decision-makers can struggle to justify the investment to executives when the total cost is unclear. This requires a framework to classify all the types of data being produced, identify the various associated risks, and then quantify the value of that data. 

The ideal solution classifies and assigns values to all sensitive data, creating an all-up view of total risk in any currency.

Operators can see what data is encrypted, choose to encrypt all data at risk, and understand how much risk has been mitigated.

A Summary of Ideal Functionality

Real-time Data DiscoveryIt automatically scans and identifies sensitive data across endpoints and servers in real-time, ensuring no data is unprotected.
Dynamic EncryptionEncrypts sensitive data on the fly as it is created or modified, providing seamless protection without impacting user productivity.
Automated PoliciesLeverages automated policies to enforce encryption based on data type, location, and user activity, ensuring compliance with regulations and internal policies.
Seamless IntegrationIntegrates with existing IT infrastructure and workflows, allowing for easy deployment and minimal disruption to current operations.
User TransparencyImplements robust access controls to ensure only authorized users can access encrypted data, further enhancing data security.
Detailed Auditing and ReportingProvides comprehensive auditing and reporting features to track data access and encryption activities, aiding in compliance and security management.
Data Access ControlsImplements robust access controls to ensure only authorized users can access encrypted data.
Compliance SupportEncrypts sensitive data on the fly as it is created or modified, providing seamless protection without impacting user productivity.

Getting Started

Dynamic encryption represents a new era for cybersecurity, extending the promise of encryption to all organizations through a SaaS model that takes the burden off IT organizations and provides holistic, always-on encryption services.

The right software solution automatically and continuously identifies every piece of valuable data anywhere in your network, assigns it real-world value, and encrypts it dynamically.

Cybersecurity has moved into a new realm. Instead of building higher walls around the crown jewels, these valuable assets can be encrypted.

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