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Firms mismanaging encryption technology, study finds

Rachel Wheeler

October 19, 2010

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A number of firms may wish to update their data management strategies after it was revealed that many are mismanaging their encryption technology.

According to systems specialist Venafi, 78 per cent of survey respondents have suffered from system downtime over the course of the past year as a direct result of an encryption failure.

“This data validates what we’ve long seen at our Global 2000 installed base and prospect accounts,” said Paul Turner, vice-president of product and customer solutions at the company.

“Nearly every IT system and application relies on SSL certificates for trusted communications - including device and user authentication - in an effort to connect systems and users to the infrastructure securely.

As a result, many organizations have been plagued with system failure and data loss, Venafi says.

The results of a recent survey at the Storage Networking World conference found that many IT professionals feel limited budgets are their biggest data management challenge.

Around 42 per cent of those questioned named this lack of investment as their biggest headache, Computerworld reported.

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