File encryption solutions are simple yet effective security services that prevent unauthorized users from being able to understand and make sense of your business files. File encryption solutions effectively transform your files and data into code that only the intended recipient is able to “decipher”. The data is, seemingly, meaningless until it is decrypted. As it is only the intended user who knows how to decrypt the message, you can ensure that no-one else can read it.
In order to achieve this, encryption tools usually uses public key cryptography, a method of encryption and decryption where key pairs are generated. Only the recipient with the key, usually a password, is able to de-encrypt the file. This method ensures that files and data are kept encrypted in transit, in use, and at rest.
Organizations will create tens, hundreds, even thousands of files and documents every single day. These may then be shared via SharePoint, Teams, Slack, email, or another method of communication. Each of these documents may contain sensitive information that, if accessed by the wrong person, could lead to regulatory fines, business intelligence being shared, and loss of customer confidence. It could be that a file or document reveals weaknesses or vulnerabilities within your organizational structure; this could lead to an attacker being in a better position to circumvent your network security and breach your infrastructure.
As threat actors are looking for any opportunity to infiltrate your business and steal your data, safeguarding your sensitive files and data has to be a priority. Making sure your company’s files are encrypted at all times through the use of a robust file encryption solution is one of the simplest and most effective ways to achieve this. This article contains a list of some of the best file encryption solutions on the market, with information about their key features and use-cases.