We are at a time when the security of our electronic information is constantly challenged. Businesses big and small frequently report theft of critical data and other breaches in their security. At Séafra, a great deal of our business revolves around the management, translation and delivery of confidential information-much of it protected by data privacy regulations like HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA, and PCI DSS-so it is vital that we stay on top of the latest best practices in security.

Data encryption plays an essential role in safeguarding our electronic data processes while ensuring our compliance with current data privacy regulations. Data stored for processing is encrypted in formats such as PGP which acts as a second line of defense. If the data storage location was ever accessed out of order, the encryption would render the data useless to any unauthorized personnel. Similar to the encryption used in while the data is in a storage location, it is also encrypted while in motion. For example, while electronic data is transmitted over a network, transfer protocols like FTPS or SFTP are used to protect the data in transit.

At Séafra we leverage Microsoft’s Azure platform to handle a large quantity of the transformation and delivery processes for private electronic data. Azure provides a secure cloud environment which can connect to other systems regardless of the manufacturer or the level of customization. Access to the CSPs has not been restricted within Azure projects and services. This means much of our development, with regard to encrypting and decrypting data, will remain the same with regards to the assemblies depended on. You also have access to the full array of cryptographic hash functionality in Azure, such as MD5 and SHA. These are vital to enhance the security of any system for things such as detecting duplicate data, hash table indexes, message signatures and password verification.