What Encryption Means For You

What Encryption Means For You

Cryptography is an extensive and highly involved field, and it can make the subject of protecting data seem more complex than it actually is. For small business owners and personal users, understanding how encryption works and is employed in, for instance, Xerox printer security can help you make informed decisions on security.

How It Works: A Primer

Encryption is a form of document security that involves making data unreadable by scrambling it according to specific rules, or encryption keys, so that the data can be accessed (decrypted) later by someone with the right key. Encrypting data is twofold: Encrypting data “at rest” entails protecting data in storage on devices or external databases; Encrypting data “in motion” means encrypting sensitive data as it is being transmitted. While encryption keys are elaborate, so are the computers that employ brute-force attacks and other methods to break into encrypted data. Proper encryption standards are vital anywhere data is stored or transferred; this includes copier security as well as personal devices.

Making Use of Encryption

The Advanced Encryption Standard, or AES, defines the use of high-level encryption keys and is used anywhere from government to small business. These keys are nigh impossible to crack by brute force, and it is this standard that Xerox products use for high-grade printer security. This means your documents are safe whether stored digitally or physically.