Cybersecurity experts may disagree on the potency of different protective measures, but one topic they all share the same viewpoint on is data encryption. If you ask specialists in thwarting the efforts of malicious actors and safeguarding sensitive information, all will agree that the most powerful defence for enterprise data is using professional encryption software.

In the following passages, we’ll explore data encryption and answer some common questions asked by businesses considering deploying this invaluable option on a daily basis.

How does data encryption work?

Encryption employs an algorithm that scrambles the data contained in a file. It then employs a key used by an authorised individual to decrypt data, making it legible. Anyone who does not have this key will not be able to make sense of the content at a glance, so it provides a measure of protection from prying eyes.

What do the terms “plaintext” and “ciphertext” mean in terms of encryption?

Plaintext is used to refer to the readable message contained within an encrypted message, while ciphertext describes the message in its illegible form. Encryption is therefore the practice of turning plaintext into ciphertext.

Is it easy to encrypt data?

The best encryption software available makes the process as simple as possible and ensures it is performed correctly. The encryption used in our secure work platform here at Galaxkey, for example, uses simple drag and drop action that renders data indecipherable in seconds.

How do you select which company files to encrypt?

Encryption can act as a deterrent to cybercriminals when applied to all files, not just those containing confidential content. Limiting encryption to important data offers malicious operators a map to your most sensitive secrets, whereas making all of your content inaccessible can put them off as hours of decrypting may yield fruitless results when they find the files that they’ve decoded are not private at all.

Can you encrypt emails?

As it’s exceptionally vulnerable as a method of secure information transfer, email should not be used for transmitting sensitive data when alternatives are available. However, emails can be encrypted, whether they are being sent or sitting in outgoing servers, by some secure systems. Our platform has this capability and can also ensure that not just the body content of an email is encrypted, but also any confidential contracts and other documents that have been attached as well.

Government standard encryption available for enterprises

At Galaxkey, we have developed our most secure system, providing premium protection for enterprises and the staff they employ. Our state-of-the-art system has zero back doors, stores no passwords and boasts end-to-end encryption.

The encryption employed in our secure platform has three individual layers (data encryption, binding and authentication) and follows the “onion” model, using FIPS 140-2 compliant encryption algorithms, a recognised standard established by the US government.

User-friendly, our encryption has been designed to keep life simple for staff and provide peace of mind for those responsible for information security. Contact our specialist team today and start safeguarding your data with powerful encryption.