SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

September 05, 2007 13:46 ET

Rapidly Expanding Use of Encryption to Protect Sensitive Data

81% of Best-in-Class Organizations Increased the Total Number of Application Types Using Encryption

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 5, 2007) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS), today released a new research report on "Encryption & Key Management" that provides new insights into the degree to which Best-in-Class organizations have deployed encryption technologies to protect sensitive data, and the approaches they have taken to deliver higher scalability, lower operational costs, reduce risk, establish consistent security policies, and sustain regulatory compliance. The research reveals that 71% of Best-in-Class organizations increased the total number of encryption keys under management, and 50% increased the number of locations using encryption compared to one year ago.

Best-in-Class companies are also investing in automated key management and key distribution capabilities to cope with, and reap the benefits of, significantly broader use of encryption. Compared to all companies surveyed, the Best-in-Class supported 1.9x more keys with an estimated 34% lower total annual cost on a per-key basis.

"The traditional network perimeter security model has been dissolved by more open, flexible network access and distributed computing," said Derek E. Brink, vice president and research director for IT Security, Aberdeen Harte-Hanks. "In its place, an information-centric approach is emerging that leverages encryption to secure the data, combined with a key management infrastructure to protect and control access to the encryption keys that provide the foundation for this higher level of protection."

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: nCipher, Paymetric, PGP, SafeNet, Venafi, and WinMagic. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?cid=4262

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