RSA 2013: True Cost of Full Data Encryption (Infographic)

aNewDomain.net — The RSA Conference 2013 is up and running this week in San Francisco. Big data and cloud storage are high on the topics that administrators, security experts and government officials are set to explore in the week’s hefty lineup of keynotes and sessions. But encryption, as always, is at the heart of this show. Full disk data encryption is a particularly hot topic this year, after several courts in the U.S. issued conflicting rulings over whether authorities are able to force passwords from users of such heavy-duty full disk encryption tools as Truecrypt. The former is powerful, open source, multiplatform and free.

It sure makes you stop and think about full disk data encryption in a different light. Is it really worth the costs and risks? Conventional wisdom says forced full disk encryption is edgy corporate policy at best, but there’s a total cost of ownership (TCO) factor to consider, too. Check out this infographic, sponsored by WinMagic, below. It displays some great data to chew on. The graphic displays data based on a Ponemon survey of 1,335 plus IT professionals in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan. Most IT pros in fact expected significant reductions in TCO over time. But you pay to play. Only you can decide whether at rest data encryption is for you and your enterprise. There are upfront costs and not-so-obvious risks all IT pros should consider.

The RSA 2013 conference begins Monday, February 25, 2013, and continues through March 1 at the Moscone Center in the South of Market district in San Francisco. Click here for a comprehensive RSA-compiled list of podcasts and blog posts around and about the show. And check out the True Cost of Full Disk Data Encryption infographic below. 

Gina Smith is editorial director and co-founder with John C. Dvorak of aNewDomain.net. A veteran tech journalist, Gina authored Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s memoir iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It (WW Norton, 2005, 2009, 2013). Reach her via her Google + page[email protected]  and follow her on Twitter @ginasmith888.

Gina Smith

Gina Smith

Editorial Director at ANewDomain.net
Gina Smith is the NYT best-selling author of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s memoir, "iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It." She is editorial director at aNewDomain.net. Reach her at [email protected], Google + or @ginasmith888.
Gina Smith
Gina Smith
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