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Data protection with Applied Cryptography

Today, company data is stored in a wide variety of different locations: traditionally on PCs, notebooks and file servers, as well as on mobile devices and in the cloud.

The security levels often differ: marketing materials, for example, generally require less protection than personal data (PII) or research documents.

A standard approach such as hard disk encryption is therefore far from ensuring data security. Companies need strong solutions. These should combine end-to-end encryption with clearly defined access rights, user verification and digital signatures.

In particular, the following components should be implemented in the security architecture:

  • Company-wide data encryption on all storage media – locally and in the cloud
  • Flexible control of access rights, including for external employees
  • Hardware modules for the secure generation, storage and management of keys or passwords
  • – Solutions for issuing and managing X.509 certificates for your PKI
  • Digital signatures for documents, code and macros

Secure data protection
Encryption and Access Control
Effective protection of sensitive data is essential for companies – both locally and in the cloud or on mobile devices. Data can be encrypted using cryptographic methods. X.509 certificates and secure hardware modules ensure that only authorized identities can access the respective data.
The key challenges for companies
Understanding Applied Cryptography
The key advantages of Applied Cryptography
Preventing risks through data protection
Whether financial reports, business plans, customer data or intellectual property: data is every company's most valuable asset. Its loss or unauthorized disclosure can have serious consequences - not least violations of compliance regulations such as the GDPR. Without comprehensive data protection, the consequences can include the following:
  • Disruption to business operations : The loss of confidentiality, integrity or availability of data can severely impair business operations or bring them to a standstill.
  • Reputational damage: If data leaks lead to the misuse of customer data, for example, trust in the company is undermined in no time. This can lead to long-term business losses.
  • Compliance violations and financial damage : Business disruptions, compensation claims or compliance violations due to data leaks or misuse can be very expensive. The GDPR, for example, provides for financial penalties of up to 20 million euros.
  • Breach of business information: If financial and investment plans, contract documents and other business information fall into the hands of competitors or into the public domain, this can threaten the future of the company.

Protecting the wide range of data on local devices, servers and in the cloud requires an overarching security strategy. This is where the concept of Applied Cryptography comes into play.

Protect sensitive data everywhere
Cryptographic techniques are the central tool for protecting critical data: With the help of mathematical functions, they convert data in such a way that unauthorized persons can neither read nor manipulate the information.
Applied cryptography refers to the practical use of appropriate algorithms, protocols and techniques. It ensures that only authorized user identities can access data and communication and is therefore used in the following areas, among others:
  • Data Protection: Companies use encryption to protect personal and confidential information.
  • Authentication and Access Control: : Cryptographic techniques can be used to verify the identity of users and ensure that only authorized persons can access certain resources. This includes techniques such as digital certificates that are used in a public key infrastructure (PKI).
  • Kommunikation: Cryptographic protocols such as SSL/TLS ensure the security of data exchange on the internet. They encrypt data during transmission between users and servers and protect it from unauthorized access.Digital signatures and technologies that ensure that only signed code and/or signed Office macros may be executed also ensure compliance and data protection. Many solutions also enable secure archiving of documents, which protects them from manipulation and ensures their integrity.

Essential for Security, Trust and Reputation
Applied cryptography should be used in every company. The advantages are quite clear:
  • Data protection and compliance: Companies ensure that business partner and customer data is protected - and at the same time comply with legal requirements and data protection regulations.
  • Protection against data loss and security breaches: Appropriate encryption techniques and access controls help to prevent data loss and data breaches. If data is stolen, it is worthless to attackers.
  • Competitive advantages: : Customers and business partners are more willing to work with companies that have a proven track record of data security and protection.

Applied Cryptography with SITS

Storing, transferring and retrieving data in hybrid and multi-cloud environments requires the highest level of security.

Cryptographic techniques help companies to protect sensitive data everywhere. However, inadequacies in the selection and implementation of algorithms or in the testing, integration and operation of the technology can compromise security.

This is where SITS’ Applied Cryptography offering comes into play: It offers a combination of consulting, powerful software solutions developed in-house or by strong partners, and managed security services. This enables us to guarantee your company maximum reliability and data security. We provide :

  • Expert knowledge – architecture, implementation and development of PKI, encryption and digital signatures
  • All-round consulting – from initial analysis to implementation and managed service
  • Strong encryption – secure data protection and centralized access control with fideAS® file enterprise
  • Identity verification – X.509 certificates with keyon true-Xtender for validation of devices and users
  • Secured keys – protection of crypto keys in a secure hardware environment by Securosys and Thales

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SITS Portfolio
Applied Cryptography
SITS solutions protect, verify and encrypt your data – both locally and in the cloud.
keyon true-Xtender
Verify devices, users and applications when accessing the company's IT: Our solution keyon true-Xtender provides and manages X.509 certificates.
Securosys HSM or Thales Data Protection
Generate and protect cryptographic keys and X.509 certificates on-premises and in the cloud - hardware-based with our partner solutions.
Applied Cryptography with SITS - Your Benefits
All-inclusive Solutions and Services
From security audits to strategy recommendations – SITS is at your side to solve your data protection issues. You benefit from comprehensive advice and tailor-made solutions for applied cryptography:
  • Comprehensive service from a single source
  • Support from our experienced cryptography expert teams
  • Support from day 1: from assessment to 24/7 managed service
  • Customized solutions for your company

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Frequently Asked Questions
All you need to know about Applied Cryptography

Applied cryptography is the practical implementation of encryption techniques and cryptographic principles to protect data and communication from unauthorized access. It includes the implementation of encryption algorithms, authentication procedures and security protocols in areas such as information security, data protection and communication security.

Basic encryption techniques are vulnerable to brute force attacks and other vulnerabilities. They often do not offer built-in integrity protection or authentication. Additional security mechanisms such as digital signatures are required to effectively protect data and communication.

Legal requirements for applied cryptography include data protection laws such as the GDPR, industry-specific regulations such as PCI-DSS, export control laws, certification and compliance requirements as well as legal frameworks for cryptographic key management.

Companies ensure the secure storage of cryptographic keys by using hardware security modules (HSM), controlling access rights, encrypting keys, carrying out regular checks, training employees and implementing back-up plans.

In hybrid or multi-cloud environments, companies have access to cryptographic techniques such as end-to-end encryption, secure tunnel protocols such as VPNs and PKI authentication. With clear guidelines for key management and access control, they ensure the security of data and communication across different cloud services.

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Julia Wagner
Account Managerin, SITS Group