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How Encryption Keeps Data Secure

May 9, 2019

The use of encryption keeps data secure. When encryption is in place – only those who have the encryption key can read your data. But what about the security of those encryption keys? Are you using a solution that keeps them just as safe?

How Encryption Keeps Data Secure

Encryption keeps data secure by giving you complete control

The crux of how encryption keeps data secure is in how it makes data unreadable for anyone other than those who have the encryption key to unlock it. When data is held in plaintext, if hackers get beyond your firewalls and defenses, they have complete access to all your information.

Whereas, if you use the encryption, even if hackers break your outer defenses and they get their hands on your data, they still can’t do anything with it. However, you’re only truly secure if the encryption keys to unlock that data is equally as safe. That’s where GDS has created a solution that delivers unrivalled security.

With GDS, we not only have a granular approach that gives the highest encryption security to every file, but we also have the means for organizations to completely control their own encryption keys. Every data resource, whether it is a file or message has a unique encryption key. And not just the file itself, but the info associated with it is protected too, e.g. filename, author, creation date and creation located.

We then deliver true ‘zero-knowledge’ security, meaning even we have no means of access to the encryption keys – the keys are totally in your control, which in turn, means your data is totally in your control.

Access to the encryption keys to each file is managed entirely by you through a unique architecture that requires strong identification and authorization process. You know for sure only approved individuals have access to the encryption keys. And importantly, their access can be customized or revoked at any time.

With this approach, encryption lets you keep your data secure wherever it is and even in transit. Global Data Sentinel creates a separate channel for the transition of encryption keys, different to the data itself. If either one was intercepted, it would still be useless.

How encryption helps you detect attacks

Encryption keeps your data secure in a very direct way by making it unreadable to anyone without the encryption keys. But Global Data Sentinel’s security ecosystem keeps your network secure in another way.

One of the biggest issues in data breaches is how long they can take to detect. Naturally the most desirable situation is for no access to take place in the first place, and Global Data Sentinel’s solution help do that. But when something has gone wrong, and someone is in your system, the faster they can be discovered and expelled the better. So many data incidents in the last few months have involved unauthorized access.

Global Data Sentinel behavioral analytics AI system intelligently detects and expels danger before it’s too late. Our tamper-proof audit trail lets you know exactly what is going on in your system at all times. You know where every piece of data is at any given time and you can see who has accessed what, from where, when and for how long.

Using intelligent machine learning AI, anomalies in user behavior can be found as they are happening. They are flagged and dealt with by admins, or you can customize the system to immediately shut down suspicious behavior.

For example, AI will flag a user if they try to breach restrictions, attempting to open files they don’t have the keys for. It would detect users from unverified locations or on unknown devices and more. It could then immediately shut down access so you can investigate. The AI will then learn from the outcome for future incidents.

Encryption keeps your data unreadable, but the secure architecture of Global Data Sentinel and its implementation of encryption goes further. Our security ecosystem keeps encryption keys secure, and builds a platform that detects and expels dangers before it is too late. Find out more here.