Cyber threats are a menace in today’s digital world. A strongly secured computer network can fall prey to a myriad of online threats in the form of viruses, data theft and DoS (Denial of Service) attacks.
Breach of the network is done by hackers who have the genius to break the network security code, change network configuration and steal important data and personal/ business information. Malicious people hack a computer network with three primary intentions – they intend general disruption to company activities, financial motives or espionage (like theft of patents).
Common Cyber Threats And The Importance Of Encryption
Computer threats are a source of harassment for business owners and individuals. Data theft can never be recovered and cause great losses to the business. Moreover, it is an investment of time and money to get a new network set once again.
Some of the common threats which lead to security breach and loss of valuable information are:
- Spear Phishing
- MitM Attack
- DoS Attack
- Malware on Mobile Apps
- Attack on IoT
- Data Breaches
It is always safe to protect important and confidential data in an encrypted form.
More on Data Encryption Features – EFS and Bitlocker
Bitlocker Data encryption is a premium data protection feature that can easily be integrated with the OS. It can effectively deal with data theft and prevent exposure to current network system from stolen/ decommissioned computers.
EFS alias Encrypting File System (EFS) is a security key-based encryption technology on NTFS (New Technology File System) that can be found on the Microsoft Windows OS family. EFS blocks illegal entry of attackers into files and folders present in Windows OS that includes NT, 2000 and XP versions. EFS allows transparent encryption and decryption by complex cryptographic algorithms. Hackers cannot ever unlock encrypted data without the security key.
Comparison Between EFS And Bitlocker encryption technique will make the point more clear.
- EFS encrypts individual files across all drives whereas Bitlocker encrypts personal/ system files on computer drivers where Windows OS has been installed.
- EFS is dependent on a user account, unlike Bitlocker that can work irrespective of user account/ group. In the case of EFS, each group can encrypt files individually.
- EFS is not dependent on any particular platform but Bitlocker uses a microchip called TPM alias Trusted Platform Module
- In the case of EFS, you do not require to be an administrator to encrypt data whereas only an administrator can encrypt data with Bitlocker.
The best solution is to use both the features of EFS and Bitlocker to ensure full-proof protection of your computer, from malicious cyber threats, on a daily basis. Get the feature installed right at the time of network configuration.