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For several years, tech media has been telling the world that our encrypted data will no longer be secure after quantum computers come onto the scene. Reporters often call this the "cryptopocalypse." Panicked stories like these attract clicks, and clicks attract ad revenue.

But the truth, as usual, is not so simple. Asymmetric encryption (using public/private key pairs) is vulnerable to quantum-based attacks, but strong symmetric encryption (using the same strong key to both encrypt and decrypt) will remain safe from quantum attacks. For cryptographers and other technically-minded cybersecurity people, this may seem obvious, but the message hasn’t reached the masses—even to many people who work in the industry.

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It was another exciting RSA Conference! We always look forward to attending RSA, and as in previous years, we gained valuable insights during our conversations with information security professionals from around the world.

Here’s a summary of the top trends and developments we heard from our customers, industry analysts, and other professionals in the security world.

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Every year, more organizations adopt encryption to protect their sensitive data. According to the 2019 Ponemon Institute Global Encryption Trends Study, the percentage of companies with enterprise-wide encryption strategies has tripled in the last 15 years. With regulations like GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act providing incentives for companies to encrypt customer data, that trend will likely accelerate in 2020 and beyond.

Organizations considering encryption have many options to choose from, ranging from solutions that protect single hard drives to those that facilitate company-wide protection. One of the most important distinctions to consider is between transparent encryption and persistent encryption.

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2020 will be an eventful year in the world of payment card security. PCI DSS compliance declined for the fourth consecutive year in 2019, while data breaches continued to make headlines. With an updated set of requirements on the horizon, organizations with PCI obligations should be taking a close look at their compliance strategies and technology.

A new impact brief from Aite Group provides key insights into the current state of PCI DSS compliance, and takes a look at how automated data redaction can help organizations prepare for PCI 4.0, which is expected to be released in late 2020.

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It’s been nearly ten years since Forrester Research first published a paper recommending the "zero trust" model of information security. The time had come, the paper argued, to abandon the idea of an unbreakable network perimeter, and to deal with the reality that intruders will inevitably find their way into protected networks.

In the years since, the zero trust model has changed the way many organizations design and operate their networks. However, in order to live up to its full potential, zero trust architecture must be paired with a corresponding strategy for protecting the thing hackers are really after: sensitive data itself.

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Moving to the cloud is supposed to make everything better. Costs go down, efficiency goes up, and collaboration gets easier.

Security is supposed to be easier, too. Cloud providers and managed service providers offer streamlined architecture, up-to-date systems, and economies of scale that let them devote more resources to security than their customers could afford on their own. However, as the massive Cloud Hopper breach has shown, cloud-based security is not a complete answer.

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Data security has become synonymous with cloud security. Now that more than 90% of companies have adopted cloud services, and (according to some projections) more than half of all IT workloads are being handled in the cloud, protecting data requires a "cloud first" mentality. The need to exploit cloud capabilities while keeping data safe has security professionals, industry analysts, and even cloud providers trying to answer the same question:

How should data be encrypted in the cloud, and who should hold the keys?

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Automotive suppliers must meet TISAX data security standards in order to do business with any major German automobile company. PKWARE helps companies simplify TISAX compliance by providing a wide range of capabilities to address multiple requirements. In our TISAX blog series, we're examining the requirements auto industry suppliers and service providers must meet, and how PKWARE is helping organizations meet those requirements.

Today's topic: event logging.

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