How to Manage Your Cryptographic “Garden”

For gardeners, summer is the growing season. As any gardener knows, a successful garden requires work throughout the year. In the autumn, you tidy up last year’s scraggly plants and you mulch. In the winter, you take an inventory of your seeds and maybe buy new ones. In the spring, you get everything in the ground, add compost and water — and hope for lots of sunshine. In the summer, you water, fertilize, and weed the garden — and start enjoying the harvest.

Gardening, much like an organization’s security, requires constant vigilance. Maybe you have a bad patch of potatoes? Maybe rabbits have moved in? Maybe you have snails? As a gardener, you need to know what plants you have, how to care for them, and how to protect them against threats.

 But what does a vegetable garden have to do with cryptographic management? From a gardener’s perspective, quite a bit!

 The Crypto-Gardener: Always Evolving

Gardens require lifecycle management to maximize the harvest; similarly, organizations require cryptographic lifecycle management to maximize infosecurity. Today, almost every application and IT system that you interact with on a daily basis contains cryptography that is found throughout all the various layers of an organization’s infrastructure — whether on-premises or cloud-based.

How do you tell if your cryptography is healthy? ISARA’s new enterprise security solution, Advance® Crypto Agility Suite, provides insight into cryptography throughout an organization’s infrastructure, including the pesky blind spots. Watch the video now.

Read ISARA’s Mike Brown’s Forbes article, “A Gardener’s Perspective on Cryptographic Management,” to learn how to manage your cryptographic garden, plus a few gardening tips!