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Californication

Posted by rjssqlservernotes on July 4, 2013

It is often said that California leads the nation, even the world, with technological and social innovation. However arguable this distinction, California’s push to require the adoption of data encryption is laudable. According to InfoWorld‘s Ted Samson Kamala Harris, California’s Attorney General, has become an advocate of data encryption “threatening greater scrutiny of companies that suffer data breaches but don’t use encryption, Harris recommended that the California Legislature should consider enacting a law requiring organizations to use encryption to protect personal information.”

I applaud the attitude of holding companies responsible for securing the personal identifying information they store often preaching from my soapbox that data encryption should be required to minimize the impact of data breaches. Encryption and; data security, in general, should not be construed as a barrier to performance or functionality as discussed in Data Insecurity: A Perspective on Encryption (local) rather as a responsibility. A responsibility that, hopefully, companies will now begin to recognize and act upon.

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