Gartner Research

Develop an Encryption Key Management Strategy or Lose the Data

Published: 05 July 2013

ID: G00248686

Analyst(s): Brian Lowans , Eric Ouellet


Most organizations lack proper frameworks for encryption use. The organization's IT security leaders must create an encryption key management strategy when deploying cryptography or risk losing the data.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Are the Bits and Bytes Really That Important?
  • What Makes a Cryptographic System Safe?
    • The Overall Cryptographic Strategy


  • Reduce the Amount of Sensitive Data
  • Consolidate Data to Fewer Platforms and Applications
  • Minimize the Cryptographic Deployment
  • Leverage Embedded Encryption
  • Minimize Third-Party Encryption Vendors
  • Day-to-Day Key Management Support
  • Backup, Restoral, Recovery, Upgrade and Retirement of Keys

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