Information security has been a necessity ever since people realized that information assets had value. In modern times, computer systems allow for the storage and processing of large volumes of data that present rich targets to organized crime, foreign intelligence and opportunists. This is exactly the problem faced by organizations that conduct electronic financial transactions, in particular, credit card transactions. Customer credit card data has become a major target globally with well-resourced organized crime syndicates and freelancers eager to meet demand by hacking into the databases and computer networks of major businesses, particularly in the retail sector, to extract credit card data for financial gain. A simple internet search returns hundreds of rows of consumer credit card data offered as a sample of vast databases of stolen records.
Data encryption and control solutions focus on sensitive data, providing persistent protection throughout its lifecycle, wherever it resides. Information is protected at every moment—when it is created by an employee on a company laptop, shared with a business partner by e-mail, stored in an enterprise database, processed by an application, and accessed by a field employee on a mobile device. Data encryption and control solutions cover data center protection for databases, applications, and mainframes as well as endpoint protection for files and full disk encryption.