University of Alabama
In this paper, the authors present an overview of data encryption methods that may be used to protect data from unauthorized access. Data encryption has come to the forefront as an important method of protecting data due to legislation such as HIPAA as well as privacy concerns expressed by individuals. The authors examine the use of encryption in different situations by interviewing people in positions responsible for using or safeguarding data, as well as examining the literature regarding the application of encryption methods to business situations. This paper concludes by outlining the areas in which data encryption may be useful in safeguarding data.