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The Power of Data Encryption

Data is today’s new currency, every enterprise’s most valuable commodity. Data encryption is now a necessary practice to create a battle-ready shield against unauthorized access and ensure protection of intellectual property and information privacy. In this post, we discuss the intricacies of data encryption, covering its definition, standards, recent developments, best practices, and the role of quantum technology in shaping the future of encryption.


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Defining Data Encryption


Data encryption is the process of encoding information in such a way that only authorized parties can access it. Data is transformed from plaintext data into ciphertext using algorithms and encryption keys, making it unreadable to anyone without the corresponding decryption key.



Data Encryption Standards


Encryption standards govern the strength and resilience of encryption types:


Developed in the 1970s, Data Encryption Standard (DES) was one of the earliest encryption standards widely adopted for securing sensitive data. However, due to its vulnerability to brute-force attacks, it has largely been replaced by more robust algorithms.


AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) has become the de facto standard for data encryption, offering high level security and efficiency. AES employs symmetric-key cryptography, where the same key is used for both encryption and decryption, and is utilized in various applications, including encrypted file storage and encrypted messaging.


Gold Comet’s platform is built upon AES encryption; however, we take the encryption process to a higher level with our patented Object Level Encryption. This means that our encryption process encrypts each data element, file, or attachment, individually, assigning each its own key, which is a significant differentiator for our platform. The common practice of other systems is to encrypt an entire volume of data with one encryption key – but this presents a major vulnerability issue:  If that one encryption key is breached, the entire volume of data it contains is compromised.



Recent Developments in Data Encryption


Homomorphic Encryption: Homomorphic encryption allows computations to be performed on encrypted data without decrypting it first. This breakthrough technology enables secure data processing in the cloud while preserving privacy, opening new avenues for encrypted cloud storage and encrypted online storage solutions.


Quantum Encryption: With the rise of quantum computing, traditional encryption methods face the threat of being compromised. Quantum encryption leverages the principles of quantum mechanics to secure communication channels, offering unparalleled protection against quantum attacks. With Gold Comet’s integration of quantum technology, our platform offers unmatched protection in mitigating the risk of entire volumes of data being compromised.



Data Encryption Best Practices


  • End-to-End Encryption: Implement end-to-end encryption to ensure that data remains encrypted throughout its entire lifecycle, from transmission to storage. This approach, commonly used in encrypted file sharing and encrypted messaging applications, prevents intermediaries from accessing plaintext data.

  • Encrypting Data in Motion and at Rest: Encrypt sensitive data stored on devices or servers to protect it from unauthorized access in the event of theft or physical compromise. Encrypted file storage solutions employ encryption algorithms to secure data at rest, mitigating the risk of data breaches.

  • Public and Private Key Cryptography: Utilize public-key cryptography to establish secure communication channels between parties. Public keys are used for encryption, while private keys are kept secret and used for decryption, ensuring confidentiality and authenticity.  


Data encryption is essential in modern cybersecurity, offering a robust defense against data breaches and unauthorized access. Ensure that your DSPM (Data Security Protection Management) program includes ensuring safeguards for your digital assets to protect your sensitive information from prying eyes. As quantum technology continues to evolve, the future of data encryption holds promise, ushering in a new era of secure communication and data protection. Gold Comet intends to keep pace with new quantum technology developments and excel in offering superior data management solutions.


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