At the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder’s meeting in May, legendary American business magnate Warren Buffett addressed the rise of cyber security threats, warning that hacking and cyber crime represent uncharted territory and suggesting that things are only set to get worse.
There is ample evidence that Buffett is correct. Trustwave’s 2018 Global Security Report notes that cyber crime continued to rise in 2017, with a significant number of vulnerabilities arising from spyware and other hacking techniques that allow criminals to monitor supposedly confidential communications on prominent chat platforms and private email servers. The only way for businesses and individuals concerned about hacking to ensure the absolute security of their communications is to use advanced tools like encryption software to guarantee messages can only be read by their intended recipients.
While there is no shortage of companies offering encryption services, not all encryption services offer the same quality or value. So how can you find out whether an encryption service is right for you? What questions should you be asking? Do all services work off the same basic software, or are there significant variations? If you are considering making encryption part of your organization’s cyber security strategy, here are a few things you should consider when looking at providers:
Types Of Encryption
PGP (“pretty good privacy”) encryption has long been the industry standard, and most encryption providers will use some variant of PGP encryption. However, cutting edge options like ChatMail Secure are starting to utilize multiple layers of encryption to guarantee the very best standards of protection. ChatMail is unique in that its proprietary ChatMailAdvanced Messaging and Parsing Protocol (CAMP), which uses PGP encryption and Elliptical Curve Cryptography, can recognize internal users (who also operate using CAMP) and external users (operating with standard PGP) and default to the best protections.
To work properly, encryption needs to reduce a device’s functionality so hackers have no way in.The only application many encrypted devices offer is email, and PGP encryption can make communication cumbersome and difficult. That is beginning to change, however, and some providers are now offering chat, voice messaging, and image messaging as well, which is why it is important to keep functionality in mind when considering encryption providers. Make sure to find a service that allows your employees freedom to chat and exchange messages quickly and easily.
Encryption is a complicated process, and employees who need to use encrypted smartphones may not necessarily understand the ins-and-outs of the technology they rely on. You shouldn’t need to be a cryptographer to use an encrypted device, and a good encryption service will make it easy for customers to use their product effectively. Look for providers who offer simple ways to keep messages temporarily, set default message destruction times, and generate new keys.
As businesses and organizations of all sizes confront the threat of cyber attacks and data leaks, encryption is quickly becoming a default for anyone handling sensitive information. When looking for an encryption provider, it is important to balance demands for security with the equally important imperatives of functionality and usability. The latest encryption software allows users to have both, so you shouldn’t have to sacrifice ease-of-use to keep your private communications private.