Venafi Survey: Personal Encryption Usage Dramatically Increasing

Sixty-four percent of security professionals say their personal encryption usage has increased due to recent geopolitical changes

May 10, 2018 06:02 AM Mountain Daylight Time

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Venafi®, the leading provider of machine identity protection, today announced the results of a survey querying 512 security professionals attending RSA Conference 2018.

“As a result, it will be incredibly important to preserve privacy with the use of strong encryption. Despite the challenges this poses, it’s excellent news that more than half of these security professionals use encryption to protect their personal privacy.”

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According to the survey, sixty-four percent of respondents say their personal encryption usage has increased due to recent geopolitical changes. This represents a dramatic increase in encryption reliance since last year. For example, when asked the same question at RSA Conference 2017, just forty-five percent of attendees answered similarly.

“We’re entering a world where machines process and conduct transactions autonomously,” said Kevin Bocek, vice president of security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi. “As a result, it will be incredibly important to preserve privacy with the use of strong encryption. Despite the challenges this poses, it’s excellent news that more than half of these security professionals use encryption to protect their personal privacy.”

Venafi’s survey also found that security professionals are becoming more apprehensive about encryption backdoors. Eighty-four percent of respondents say they are more concerned about them in 2018 than last year, compared with seventy-three percent who expressed similar concerns at RSA 2017.

Bocek added: “Research shows that concern over encryption backdoors is growing, especially as our adversaries become more sophisticated and better equipped to exploit weaknesses. We must secure the privacy of machines, including Docker containers, Kubernetes clusters and cloud instances – all of which can scale in milliseconds. These machines will represent a new challenge for the next generation of RSA Conference attendees.”

For more information:

https://www.venafi.com/blog/rsa-survey-why-encryption-usage-rise

About Venafi

Venafi is the cyber security market leader in machine identity protection, securing connections and communications between machines. Venafi protects machine identity types by orchestrating cryptographic keys and digital certificates for SSL/TLS, IoT, mobile and SSH. Venafi provides global visibility of machine identities and the risks associated with them for the extended enterprise — on premises, mobile, virtual, cloud and IoT — at machine speed and scale. Venafi puts this intelligence into action with automated remediation that reduces the security and availability risks connected with weak or compromised machine identities while safeguarding the flow of information to trusted machines and preventing communication with machines that are not trusted.

With over 30 patents, Venafi delivers innovative solutions for the world’s most demanding, security-conscious Global 5000 organizations, including the top five U.S. health insurers; the top five U.S. airlines; four of the top five U.S., U.K. and South African banks; and four of the top five U.S. retailers. For more information, visit: http://venafi.com.

Contacts

Venafi
Shelley Boose, 408-398-6987
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