Encryption consists of applying algorithms to confidential files or data stored on your devices to stop anyone from being able to read them unless they have the appropriate key. A drastic measure? Not when it comes to protecting the most important asset in the digital economy: data.

The figures speak for themselves: 16% of data breaches are caused by the theft of loss of assets, including the theft of laptops (Forrester Data Global Business Technographics Security Survey, 2017). According to Gartner, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds. These thefts are, in part, driven by the sharp increase in the amount of personal data stored on endpoints, and the growing interest in accessing this data. This leads to an increased risk of suffering a security breach caused by theft, loss, or unauthorized access to endpoints.

These breaches include such striking cases as Equifax, which is still suffering the consequences of their 2017 breach, or British Airways, where 500,000 users had their data compromised while carrying out operations on the company’s website. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has now fined the airline £183 million (€204,110,000) for this breach, to date the highest sanction imposed since the GDPR came into force.

The proliferation of targeted attacks on large organizations, and the fact that users’ data is often unprotected, have led governments to implement new regulations like the GDPR in the EU, or the CCPA in the US. The aim of these regulations is to raise the bar as for as protecting PII is concerned. These protection regulations recognize encryption as an appropriate technical and organizational measure (GDPR article 32).

Companies must bear in mind the fact that these regulations imply paying special attention to data management, demanding highly diligent processing of the customer’s information. This is something that cybercriminals want to exploit: recognizing the value of PII, they can take it hostage and then threaten to report the security breach to the authorities in charge of GDPR compliance.

How can you make sure it doesn’t come to this? A cybersecurity solution with encryption helps you to protect your data and the privacy of your files, guaranteeing that malicious users cannot access them.

Data protected simply and effectively

Panda Security has a security solution with encryption functions that will stop unauthorized users from accessing protected data. Panda Full Encryption is an additional module to the endpoint protection and advanced security solutions of Panda Adaptive Defense. It provides centralized management of the full encryption of disks.

Panda Full Encryption uses Windows BitLocker, a stable technology guaranteed by Microsoft, to encrypt and decrypt disks without impacting users. It has the additional advantage of allowing the organization to centrally manage and control recovery keys stored on Panda Security’s cloud-based management platform: Aether. Among the advantages of this module are how easy it is to use and maintain, its minimal use of resources, the guaranteed availability of the service, and its constant supervision of the system.

Because only by having a solution with these features is it possible to stop your personal data being compromised. This is especially true if we bear in mind the fact that 10% of laptops are stolen or lost during their lifecycle.

In a corporate environment or a large IT network, controlling access to data is absolutely vital. With Panda Full Encryption you’ll be able to centrally manage the complete encryption of disks and establish policies to manage them. This way, you can guarantee the implementation of best practices that ensure that only authorized persons access your data.