Why should organizations—including IBM i shops—consider using encryption to protect their data? Carol describes the areas where encryption can be used and why she’s a strong believer in implementing it.
By Carol Woodbury
Large financial institutions used to be the only organizations that implemented encryption. Now it’s becoming more commonplace. Why? One reason is because it’s become easier to implement; you no longer need hardware encryption cards, for example. But another reason is because more organizations realize that encryption is a vital layer of defense for protecting their data—often the last layer to prevent compromise. And I fully agree with that reason. As you know, I’m a huge fan of multiple layers of defense, and encryption is one of those important layers. Let’s take a look at the various ways encryption can be implemented on IBM i.