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Key management is the biggest pain of encryption

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    Most IT professionals rate the pain of managing encryption keys as severe, according to a new global survey by the Ponemon Institute.

    On a scale of 1 to 10, respondents said that the risk and cost associated with managing keys or certificates was 7 or above, and cited unclear ownership of keys as the main reason.

    "There's a growing awareness of the security benefits of encryption really accrue from the keys," said Richard Moulds, vice president of product strategy at Thales e-Security, the sponsor of this report. "The algorithms that encrypt the data are all the same -- what makes it secure is the keys."

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    But as organizations use more encryption, they also end up with more keys, and more varieties of keys.

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