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Content Encryption: Key Issues to Consider
An Osterman Research White Paper
Published September 2015
Encryption of electronic content is an essential best practice, despite the fact that many organizations and individual users do not encrypt email, files stored behind their corporate firewall, files stored in the cloud, and in other venues. However, most IT administrators understand the benefits of encrypting content to protect sensitive or confidential information, to protect their organizations against data breaches, to satisfy regulatory obligations, and to protect against various types of legal liabilities.
It is important for decision makers to understand that encryption is more than simply a defensive strategy to protect against data breaches or to comply with regulations. Organizations that encrypt content can create new business opportunities and create competitive differentiation that can contribute significantly to their bottom line and provide new ways of attracting and keeping customers.