Key Management a Barrier to Encryption Adoption

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 04-24-2014 Email

Use of encryption continues to grow in response to consumer concerns, privacy compliance regulations and cyber-attacks, but implementing data encryption policy remains a major challenge, according to a recent Ponemon Institute report. "For the first time in this study we drilled down into the issue of key management and found it emerging as a huge operational challenge, but questions should be asked about the broader topics of policy issues and choice of encryption algorithms," says Larry Ponemon, the institute's chairman and founder. Ponemon adds that these questions are especially pressing in light of recent concerns over back doors, poorly implemented cryptosystems and key management systems. The 2014 study, "Global Encryption Trends," was sponsored by Thales, an information systems and communications security firm. To examine global encryption trends and regional differences, 4,800 business and IT managers were surveyed in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Brazil and, for the first time, Russia. To read the full report (registration required), click here.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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