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Encryption is a way of scrambling data so that only authorized parties can understand it. To an unauthorized user, encryption will make the text appear random. As an example, the word “hello” may appear as “SNifgNi+uk0=”. The word “hello” is in plaintext, while the random letters and numbers are in ciphertext. 

In this post, we’ll cover the three main types of database encryption and the benefits to using one for your business organization. 

Three Main Types of Database Encryption 

There are different types of encryption methods, and many people are unsure of which one to use for their database. To help you select the best encryption method, you should consider your environment and the type of information you’re storing.

When it comes to database management, there are three main types of encryption: 

  1. API method. The API method occurs in the application layer, improving security. This method is available for all databases, including Oracle and MSSQL. While it does not pose any additional burden to database management, it can be time-consuming if there are large amounts of data.
  2. Plug-in method. The plug-in method is where an encryption package is attached to the database. This method works independently of the application and requires fewer changes to the code. It’s also flexible and can be used for large amounts of data.
  3. TDE method. The TDE method requires an encryption engine to be installed into the database engine. With this method, there is no modification to the source code. As a result, database users can do this on their own without the help of engineers. 

Why Encryption is Important for Your Database 

Data encryption is necessary for your database, regardless of the information you’re storing. As a business, it is your responsibility to stay in compliance with all safety and security guidelines. Below you’ll find the main reasons why encryption is necessary. 

  • Privacy. Keep your information safe from cyber criminals, ad networks, internet service providers and other unauthorized users. 
  • Security. Encryption helps prevent data breaches. Even if a device is lost or stolen, encryption ensures that all data stays secure. 
  • Compliance. Encrypting your data allows you to meet regulatory and compliance standards like HIPAA, PCI-DSS and GDPR. 

How secure is your database? If you’re not sure which encryption method is right for your business or organization, contact Arkware today. We can determine which encryption style is best for your needs and make sure that you are following the latest regulatory guidelines.