Securing a Windows Server environment is essential in protecting an organization’s data, productivity, and even its reputation. After all, the threat from computer viruses, spyware, hackers, and cybercriminals is real. According to a recent Ponemon Institute study, the cost of cybercrime increased 26 percent last year, costing companies an average of 11.6 million in net losses per year in the United States. Beefing up Windows Server security can help your organization to avoid becoming the next victim.
While there are numerous Windows Server security technologies available to secure a Windows environment, one you might not have considered is an encryption program. Data encryption programs don’t stop intrusions from happening or prevent laptops from getting lost or stolen; rather, they ensure that should such an event occur, the encrypted data cannot be read by cybercriminals or unauthorized users (Source: Data Encryption Program’s from WinMagic).
Windows Server and other Windows operating systems include a file encryption feature, but it is fairly limited. Adding a dedicated, centrally managed encryption program to your Windows environment provides better protection and better management. When looking for an encryption program for Windows Server security, consider the infrastructure as a whole along with how your data is typically stored and used. In some cases, a standalone encryption program will be sufficient to encrypt data; in others, you may need an enterprise version for managing encryption across hundreds of self-encrypting drives, USB ports and devices, mobile devices, and network storage arrays.
As with any classification of software, features vary from one encryption program to the next. Carefully consider your priorities and make sure that both ease-of-use and performance are built-into whichever Windows Server security solution you choose. Ideally, an encryption program should be transparent to end-users with no adverse performance effects that might prompt them to disable security features.
Should you add an encryption program to your Windows Server environment? Depending on your industry, you may not have a choice thanks to regulations that specify encryption. Even if you are not subject to any regulations, adding an encryption program adds an important layer of security to your network (Source: http://winmagic.com/products).