Sensitive data loss is due to lack of encryption

In an era where data is the lifeblood of businesses, safeguarding sensitive information has become paramount. Cybersecurity lapses have historically been a cause of data breaches, but a recent study sheds light on a new dimension of vulnerability – the lack of encryption. The Operationalizing Encryption and Key Management study, conducted by Fortanix Inc., reveals crucial insights into the state of data protection and encryption adoption.

The Study’s Key Findings:

Fortanix Inc. conducted a comprehensive study involving responses from over 400 IT professionals, compliance officers, and developers in the United States and Canada. The study emphasizes the necessity of encrypting data at rest, in motion, and while in use. While the survey indicates that encoding data does enhance overall security, it unveils a significant obstacle: a lack of awareness and understanding among respondents.

Challenges Faced:

One notable challenge highlighted by the study is that many respondents were unaware of the encryption process in compliance with prevailing information security laws. Budget constraints further compounded the issue, making it difficult for organizations to allocate resources to fulfill staffing needs dedicated to encryption implementation.

Moreover, in-house staff often lacked the necessary knowledge and expertise, resulting in complex management processes, confusion, and difficulties in adhering to security protocols. These challenges, in turn, led to an increased risk of data loss incidents.

Types of Encryption:

To bridge the awareness gap, it is crucial to understand the basics of encryption. There are two primary types: symmetric and asymmetric encryption. In symmetric encryption, a single key is used for both encryption and decryption. On the other hand, asymmetric encryption involves the use of different keys for encrypting and decrypting data, enhancing security through a more complex process.

The Way Forward:

The study underscores the importance of awareness and education in promoting the adoption of encryption practices. Companies that consider data as a critical asset must take the lead in implementing robust encryption measures. Convincing leadership and staff to allocate budgetary resources for safeguarding data at rest, in motion, and during access is essential for building a resilient security framework.


As the digital landscape evolves, so do the threats to data security. The Fortanix study serves as a wake-up call for organizations to prioritize encryption as a fundamental pillar of their cybersecurity strategy. By addressing the challenges highlighted in the study and fostering awareness about encryption processes, businesses can fortify their defenses against data breaches and protect their most valuable asset – information.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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