Security in a time of breaches? Microsoft touts beefed-up database encryption


Talk about good timing. A day after news broke that thieves hijacked personal data of some 104,000 taxpayers from the Internal Revenue Service, Microsoft is touting a new encryption technology that it says will make personal data a lot more secure, as long that data resides in a SQL Server 2016 database.

« Always Encrypted » technology will ensure that data is encrypted even while someone is actually working on it, Microsoft said in a blog post. Many systems now encrypt data while it’s sitting in the database or some sort of data store (this is known as encryption at rest) and also when it’s being transmitted around the network (this is encryption in transit.) But when it’s being parsed, analyzed and manipulated? That was a potential attack opportunity.

Per the Microsoft [fortune-stock symbol= »MSFT »] post:

The new security layer addresses that vulnerability by keeping the data encrypted even during transactions and computations…

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