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(Sep 28, 2008)

Not all security strategies need be as dramatic as those proposed by Mission Impossible, but anyone offering SaaS needs to ensure data is accessible by only authorised users.

One plank in any security strategy is encryption, the transformation of sensitive data into an unintelligible form. This scrambling of data is reversible only by those who have the appropriate key, or at least it should be.

One of the problems with encryption is that it is hard to make bulletproof. Algorithmic weakness and even the simple passage of time can transform an uncrackable cipher into a toy programming project.

For this reason, when the US Government needed a new encryption standard suitable for use by the NSA and the community…

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