Data Encryption

What is Data Encryption?

Data encryption is the process of converting data into a coded format (ciphertext) to prevent unauthorized access. It is a critical security measure for protecting sensitive and confidential data as it is exchanged between clients and the portal.

How is it used in client portals?

Data encryption transforms readable data into secured ciphertext, ensuring confidential transmission and storage to meet regulatory standards, with methods including:

  • Data Conversion. Transforms readable data (plaintext) into an unreadable format (ciphertext) using algorithms and mathematical functions.
  • Key-Based Security. Utilizes cryptographic keys for the transformation process. There are two types: symmetric (same key for encryption and decryption) and asymmetric (public key for encryption, private key for decryption).
  • Secure Communication. Encrypts communication between clients and the portal, including sensitive information like login credentials and critical data.
  • Secure Storage. Encrypts data at rest (stored data), providing an extra defense against unauthorized access.

What is the primary purpose of data encryption in client portals?

The primary purpose is to ensure the confidentiality and security of sensitive data exchanged between clients and the portal, protecting it from unauthorized access or breaches.

How does key-based security work in data encryption?

Key-based security involves using cryptographic keys to transform readable data into an unreadable format and back. The same or different keys are used for encryption and decryption, depending on the encryption type.

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