Data: assessing the risks and cost of encryption

With major data breaches occurring on a regular basis, encryption vendors are going into hyperdrive, touting the need for their products. However, encryption is only one aspect of protecting your sensitive data, and a new attack shows that it may not be enough.Recently, the security research group at Princeton University published a report on its […]

With major data breaches occurring on a regular basis, encryption vendors are going into hyperdrive, touting the need for their products. However, encryption is only one aspect of protecting your sensitive data, and a new attack shows that it may not be enough.

Recently, the security research group at Princeton University published a report on its success at recovering data from an encrypted disk image on a laptop. This caused a good bit of consternation and some breathless coverage in the press (as with this New York Times story that got the headline " Researchers Find Way to Steal Encrypted Data"), leading to some speculation that this meant on-disk encryption was simply not worth the effort. (Read more on Laptop Encryption Strategies.)

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Data, Security, Encryption