Encryption Policy Best Practices | A Practical Guide to SOC 2 Compliance

You wouldn’t leave the house without making sure your doors and windows were locked, and that any valuables were hidden or secured in a safe. That way, if you were robbed, the burglar would have a difficult time accessing your most precious assets. In the same way, you need to make sure your organization’s critical data is well protected. While layers of defense such as firewalls and IDS/IPS are essential, they are not 100% fail proof - a determined attacker will find a way into your network and access your most sensitive information. At that point, you will want to have encryption in place to protect the data so that it appears random and meaningless to anyone who finds it. Before you can deploy encryption, you need to first develop a policy to provide guidance around the proper use of encryption in your organization. Here are some things to include

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