Full security and protection for one’s personal information or a company’s corporate data should not be something that is up for discussion. It is not an item on someone’s list that gets to be voted on by a group of government officials as to whether or not it’s important enough for federal protection. Keeping private things out of the public eye seems simple enough, but those with malicious intent and access to a computer, armed with knowledge of coding and servers, can certainly make it a difficult enterprise.
And though it should be a right that all individuals and companies have and no longer a matter up for discussion, data protection is in the news lately for being a priority on many people’s radars. This is a step in the right direction for this country, and should be taken seriously.
It’s an impressive feat to get two tech conglomerates and a government powerhouse to all agree on one single thing. However, Apple and Google are entering into a partnership with the White House to get serious about data encryption, reported PYMNTS.com. The only way that the hacks and malware infestations are going to stop is if the encryption on servers and routers is improved. It’s rare that any person or organizations take credit for sticking their noses into private business matters, so there’s little chance of administering correct punishment for such acts.
And anyway, the best offense is a good defense. The best way to keep data safe is not to punish those who seek it out, but to prevent those select individuals any sort of access in the first place.
Encryption for education
One of the areas that it’s important to protect is student information. At a college, university or private loan company, a student’s entire file, and usually that of the parents as well, is in a server and up for grabs if the information isn’t properly encrypted. According to JD Supra, legislation is making its way around Capitol Hill to safeguard student information from hackers who want to exploit the burgeoning generation.
Even though there is progress being made, companies should still invest in an online backup program that allows for a clean slate in the event of a security breach. Let’s hope that the country can come to a sensible consensus and make the best choice for public and private companies and citizens.