Encrypting sensitive data is a must; new key management tools make it easy

SafeNet, WinMagic, Symantec deliver basic key management, plus a whole lot more

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Encryption is one of the best ways to prevent the type of terrible headaches that many high-profile companies have experienced with stolen data. Even if experienced hackers are able to penetrate a system, having the data encrypted can mean that nothing useful is taken.

But encryption can place a high burden on a network and its users. It's not too difficult to encrypt data, but providing access to protected files for authorized users while keeping everyone else away is extremely complicated. Small organizations may be able to manage encryption schemes manually, but for anything beyond a few dozen users, the task of doing that without help becomes monumentally difficult.

Enter key management systems. We tested three: SafeNet KeySecure, WinMagic's SecureDoc Enterprise Server and Symantec Encryption Management Server.

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