Cryptography is everywhere.
It has become an integrated layer of defense within all of the digital transformation initiatives now collectively referred to as digital business. As the foundation of modern security systems, cryptography is used to secure transactions and communications, safeguard personal identifiable information (PII) and other confidential data, authenticate identity, prevent document tampering, and establish trust between servers. Cryptography is one of the most important tools businesses use to secure the systems that hold its most important asset – data – whether it is at-rest or in-motion. Data is vital information in the form of customer PII, employee PII, intellectual property, business plans, and any other confidential information. Therefore, cryptography is critical infrastructure because increasingly the security of sensitive data relies on cryptographical solutions.
Weak or hidden crypto can expose critical infrastructure to vulnerabilities. . Public attention to exposed data leads to brand erosion. This modern environment requires organizations to pay attention to how cryptography is being implemented and managed throughout the enterprise.
When wrapped within the invisible layers that form cryptography, sensitive data becomes unreadable and unmodifiable, preventing bad actors from carrying out nefarious activity. The core elements that make the cryptographic layers safe include: algorithms, keys, libraries, and certificates as described here:
Cryptography, as a topic has been gaining in popularity over the last few years due to the considerable impact it has when poorly managed, as well as the rise of quantum computing, and new cryptographic regulations. Hidden instances of weak and non-compliant cryptographic mechanisms represent a challenge for enterprises and the security, risk, and compliance teams who secure digital business.
Cryptography is dynamic and a mandatory component of digital business. Organizations need visibility into their cryptographic instances as well as the guidance of standards groups such as NIST and ISO (International Organization for Standardization), but also the web browsers who control the user interfaces that connect businesses with consumers via secure online communications. Crypto agility is the key to keeping pace with the latest cryptographic compliance requirements, standards, and recommendations that sustain and secure digital business.