Encryption has been a sticking point in the world of cyber security ever since the cloud became the latest technology to store larger amounts of data. And it’s still one of the things that keeps some people away from using cloud services due to the fear that encryption just isn’t good enough to ward off hackers. Some advancements are being made, though, that may eventually give companies a sigh of relief in knowing their valuable data will be thoroughly safe. It also could make it less complicated to retrieve that information when businesses need it.
Take a look at what might take the use of cloud over the top for businesses and become the standard form of data storage into coming decades.
CipherCloud May Change Encryption as We Know It
This technology company has developed a new encryption system for the cloud that makes it much more challenging to hack. The longstanding fear has always been data being compromised as it’s being sent to the cloud. Features on this encryption system include new AES 256-bit tech technology that helps bring a higher randomness to the encryption method.
The above tech is being touted as one of the best encryption methods you’ll find on the planet. That’s because it encrypts data as it’s being created in real time so nothing can be compromised before it’s sent to the cloud. Another strong innovation is that it retains those same encryption keys when it’s sent to the cloud to prevent complication.
Searching for data will also have a much stronger sense of convenience. It enables easy search tools that work similarly to search engines without having to rely on protracted security steps to retrieve anything. Prior, doing searches for data would sometimes be only partially encrypted and make it more vulnerable to being stolen. Now a business can do a local search and still keep the information firmly secure using the same encryption keys.
A New, Non-Hackable Encryption
On the hacking end of things, it’s the advent of more powerful computers that enables them to crack some of the strongest encryption systems. It’s this problem that led to Battelle Memorial Institute in Ohio developing a new encryption method that can’t be hacked. Teaming up with a Swiss technology firm called ID Quantique, they’re working on developing quantum key distribution as a standard encryption method.
What makes this technology so amazing is that it uses quantum physics to prevent a hacker from stealing data without someone knowing about it. More precisely, it uses photon entanglement to assure that a supercomputer doesn’t hold on to that data to decipher at a later time.
If you wonder what photo entanglement is, it’s a method where the effect on one photon affects a second, correlated photon anywhere else on the planet. By sending data via photon through a fiber optic line, the second photon basically alerts the receiver if the information is compromised. However, because the photon of data can’t be copied, it prevents anything from being stolen.
Quantum key distribution may be the real future of encryption once the company figures out a way to sustain photon range for places like the United States. With the development of quantum repeaters, it may help the range problem that’s an immediate drawback to mainstream use.
All of the above may finally win the war on hackers. But far too many have already accepted the reality that some data will always be vulnerable for the sake of the cloud’s technological convenience.