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Snowden leaks spark encryption explosion: Unisys

Snowden leaks spark encryption explosion: Unisys

Security experts predict 2014 to be the 'year of encryption'

Security experts have predicted an explosion in the use of encryption this year following disclosures the US government may have accessed data from the internal network of internet service providers.

Unisys security experts predict the coming year will usher in broad-based adoption of encryption as enterprises respond to recent disclosures that unencrypted data traffic inside enterprises is vulnerable to detection from outsiders.

“Disclosures that the U.S. government may have accessed data from the internal networks of major internet service providers have already prompted some of these companies to expand the use of encryption within their own organisations,” a company spokesperson said.

“That activity will continue to grow in 2014, resulting in an explosion in the use of encryption tools.”

Unisys chief information security officer Dave Frymier said, regardless of what you might think of Edward Snowden, the government contractor who leaked secrets about U.S. government surveillance, there was no denying that his disclosures have heightened awareness of cybersecurity all over the world.

“Before that, many enterprises were running unencrypted data on their internal networks, which they believed were secure. Now they are beginning to use encryption internally as well, so we expect 2014 to be the year of encryption.” As a result of the Snowden disclosures, officials at the highest levels of organisations around the world will increase their focus on data loss prevention, encryption and prioritising investments in security, Unisys experts predicted. Frymier said that the increased use of encryption would both enable and encourage more companies to use infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud solutions, where previously they might have had concerns about the safety of their data in the cloud.

Read more: Physical location of data to become irrelevant in post-Snowden era: Gartner

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