The importance of Encryption
Blogpost by Gerbrand Spaans
There is a lot going on in the media about encryption of personal electronic devices and social communication channels, I am very glad to see that all large technology companies are coming out as proponents of encryption at rest and in transit. This is a very important aspect of information technology, as it provides a layer of security for the end users and increases the trust in services and devices that would otherwise not be possible.
As more and more services are offered on mobile devices and in the cloud, the amount of personal information stored in your pocket increases. This is a good thing, as it allows you to do more whenever you want to, and makes these devices, and therefore you, more productive. However, devices are lost and as a device is lost, that data -your data- is put in the hands of whoever finds that device. Encrypting the data so that the finder is unable to access it can therefore only be seen as a good thing.