Public and private keys, private key management, key redundancy, system set ups – not to mention all of the emails that disappear into the ether while you work with your clients and suppliers to get everything working as it should...
Before you make that headache worse by banging your head against a brick wall, help is at hand.
As you probably know by now, here at Dynamic we try to avoid jargon and make things as straightforward as possible, particularly for non-technical people. But, believe me, this is quite a challenge when it comes to the subject of encryption and how to implement it successfully into your business.
Coming, ready or not…
The first thing to remember is that soon, it will be very difficult to avoid. Information Commissioner’s Office changes in policy regarding the safety of electronic information and the upcoming EU regulations will make sure of that, so you might as well bite the bullet now and get a handle on it before then.
Fail to plan; plan to fail
The second thing to understand about successfully implementing encryption in your business is that it will need to be properly planned. Getting it right involves a lot of preparation, and over the coming weeks we’ll take you through – in plain English – the things you need to think about and do when planning this type of infrastructure change.
Here are just a few of the areas we’ll cover:
- What data needs to be encrypted in your business and why?
- How does sensitive data travel in your organisation; both internally and externally?
- Are your existing systems capable of implementing an effective encryption service?
- What kind of encryption policy is right for your organisation?
- What can be used to transport data?
- What about cross site communications?
- Encryption is a two-way street: how do you minimise impact on clients and suppliers?
This really is just the beginning. There’s a huge amount to think about, and encryption can be as complex a subject as you want to make it. By bringing in an expert – even if it’s just to assist at the planning stage – will help make sure you end up with a system that works for your business without disrupting workflow and upsetting users, clients and suppliers along the way.
Watch this space for information and advice over the coming weeks and, if you’re looking for help with encryption in the meantime, feel free to get in touch.