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Cybersecurity isn’t the easiest thing in the world to visualize. Since we don’t actually see information as it travels across networks or is written to disks, it can be difficult to picture exactly what needs to happen in order to keep data safe.
So just for fun, we’re going to do a bit of time travel to see what today’s data protection concepts would look like if they were applied to paper files instead of digital ones. We don’t need to go back too far—40 years will do the trick—to arrive at a time when the vast majority of information was still being created and stored on paper.
Imagine, if you will, that it’s 1978. Most large companies are already using computers to perform certain tasks, and early adopters are beginning to buy personal computers like the TRS-80 and Apple II. The majority of workers, however, still do their work on paper, and that’s what you’ll be doing today after your $1.75 taxi ride to the company headquarters.
In the life of every important technology, there’s a tipping point—a moment when the technology ceases to be a niche product or an emerging concept and becomes a part of everyday life. For mobile phones, to choose an obvious example, that moment came almost twenty years ago. For cloud computing, it was perhaps five years ago. For encryption, it’s happening now.
We've seen plenty of massive data breaches in recent years— thefts that involve the personal info of hundreds of millions of people and cost the affected companies hundreds of millions of dollars. So far, however, we seem not to have learned our lesson. Cybersecurity continues to take a back seat to dozens of other issues in corporate boardrooms, in legislative chambers, and in the media.
It's time to ask the obvious question: how much worse do things need to get before our attitudes change?
The rising epidemic of data breaches, the evolution of internal and external cyber threats, and increasingly demanding privacy regulations have put pressure on companies around the world to become more proactive about protecting sensitive information against loss, theft, and misuse.
For many organizations, a proactive approach to information security means establishing data governance policies and creating an operational framework for encryption. Strong data encryption is the best way to secure data while allowing the right people to access it, and has become a must-have component of information security in the eyes of consumers, government regulators, and corporate boards. But encryption alone is rarely a complete solution.