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United States Postal Service to use encryption. Should you?

Posted by Logan McKnight

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Jan 29, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Encryption and communications privacy became an initiative for the White House and United States Postal Service (USPS) in autumn of 2013, as part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

 

If the USPS thinks email encryption is a good idea, maybe it's time other organizations who handle and transmit potentially sensitive and confidential information, such as in the financial, healthcare, or public sectors, should start thinking about it.

By using encryption of data in motion and at rest, individuals and organizations have a better chance of protecting their communications and ensuring that the content of their messages are not intercepted… by someone other than the government

The USPS is attempting to prevent snooping from malevolent actors, but the USPS, like a number of other organizations, is experiencing difficulty in balancing privacy and security. 

The new technologies and talented hackers who can crack and intercept communications are constantly evolving, so it would be wise for an organization to invest in security and encryption software to ensure that data is not lost. 

There are so many different ways your privacy is at risk, so organizations who have not already invested in security solutions should take a cue from the USPS and start to take a closer look at their privacy and security practices online.  The cost of security solutions are dwarfed by the potential repercussions of fines due to lack of compliance, data break, or damage to your company’s reputation.

Topics: Email Security, Email Encryption