Charting Your Path to Enterprise Key Management
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Overview: Steps to Take Today for a More Efficient, Secure Key Infrastructure
The increasingly prevalent use of data protection mechanisms in today’s enterprises has posed significant implications. Enterprises today need to balance several equally critical business mandates:
Strengthen security. Businesses need to enhance data security to minimize the risk of loss or breach of sensitive, personally identifiable information of patients, customers, or employees. Companies must also protect intellectual property, such as legal records, files and correspondence associated with mergers and acquisitions, trademarked digital media, and much more.
Ensure regulatory compliance. It is incumbent upon organizations to comply with all relevant regulations, whether that means organizations following regional privacy and breach notification rules, including U.S. state laws and the E.U. data protection directive; retailers adhering to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS); financial organizations complying with Sarbanes- Oxley; or healthcare organizations meeting standards set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Manage costs and leverage investments. In an uncertain, tough economic climate, costs need to be managed closely, and businesses need to wring maximum value out of their investments. Protecting, managing, and leveraging a heterogeneous environment requires a combination of integration flexibility and interoperability through open standards.
This paper looks at the past, present, and future of key management, revealing how emerging trends and approaches will ultimately enable enterprises to optimize both efficiency and security in the management of key materials.