Overcoming performance obstacles in data encryption

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Data security breaches can be disastrous for any organization. Unauthorized access to stored credit card numbers, patient information, intellectual property, or other sensitive information can cost businesses and their customers money, ruin reputations, and jeopardize compliance with government regulations.

Encrypting data on enterprise servers-where the majority of sensitive data resides-can help organizations prevent those disasters. By encrypting data, organizations can increase their chances of avoiding damaging headlines, prevent extended and expensive compliance investigations, and qualify for regulatory safe harbor provisions that do not require disclosures of breaches with encrypted data.

In the past, the potential performance impact of encryption on enterprise applications discouraged organizations from encrypting some or all of their data. However, new benchmark test results show that by combining the IBM® InfoSphere® Guardium® Data Encryption solution, which is based on Vormetric® Encryption software, with the Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) available for Intel® Xeon® processor families, enterprises can dramatically reduce the processing requirements for encryption. The result: enhanced data protection with minimal impact to application performance.

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