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7/23/2009
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Lorna Garey
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The Encryption Gap

Things that make us say "hmmm" include these stats: The percentage of respondents to our 2009 Strategic Security Survey rating encrytion as effective in reducing risk dropped from 57% in 2008 to 48% in 2009. Use of disk, file and backup media encryption ALL fell year over year by at least five percentage points. Backup encryption usage is down 10 points.

Things that make us say "hmmm" include these stats: The percentage of respondents to our 2009 Strategic Security Survey rating encrytion as effective in reducing risk dropped from 57% in 2008 to 48% in 2009. Use of disk, file and backup media encryption ALL fell year over year by at least five percentage points. Backup encryption usage is down 10 points.What gives? Afraid of losing your keys? Don't want to do recovery testing? FUD over algorithms?

Whatever is holding IT up, we need to get over it. Nevada and Massachusetts are enacting legislation to require encryption of data on remote devices, and there's frankly no reason to think similar laws won't be passed in other states, even on a federal level. Multiple regulations and compliance frameworks embrace encryption as a requirement for data in motion and at rest.

To find out where the disconnect is coming from, and hopefully close the gap a bit, Michael A. Davis is working on an InformationWeek Analytics report that will explain how to use encryption technologies effectively from end to end. But first, we need your help with our comprehensive encryption survey covering the current state of encryption within the enterprise: What assets are, and are not, being encrypted to reduce the risk of exposure? Where sensitive data is going unencrypted, what's holding you back? Our survey also encompasses enterprise key management and database encryption.

This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Upon completion, you will be eligible to enter a drawing to receive one Apple 16GB iPod touch valued at $299 from TechWeb. Your responses will remain confidential and will only be reported in aggregate.

Thanks in advance.

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