Calls continue for greater encryption

Those operating in the encryption market believe that the UK is continuing to increase its use of the security technology in response to numerous high profile government gaffes around data protection.

Those operating in the encryption market believe that the UK is continuing to increase its use of the security technology in response to numerous high profile government gaffes around data protection.

Since the HMRC lost a couple of discs with millions of bits of personal data there has been a steady stream of laptops, USBs and discs lost by government departments and public sector bodies.

The response from the security industry has been to call for greater encryption and that seems to be being heeded according to Edy Almer, vice president of product management at Safend.

“In the UK we have started to see a growth compared to a couple of years ago,” he added that the US was leading the field because there had been legislation specifying the need for encryption.

“If you can’t prove that you are protected enough then you will not have access to certain government systems,” he said.

According to the latest IDC survey of the encryption market more companies were planning to encrypt data this year as more users overcame the fear that encrypted data could be lost.

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