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Unisys Security Experts Predict 2014 Will Be "The Year Of Encryption" As Organizations Combat Growing Cyber Threats

BLUE BELL, Pa., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Security experts at Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today predicted that the coming year will usher in broad-based adoption of encryption as enterprises respond to recent disclosures that unencrypted data traffic inside enterprises is vulnerable to detection from outsiders.

Disclosures that the U.S. government may have accessed data from the internal networks of major internet service providers have already prompted some of these companies to expand the use of encryption within their own organizations, Unisys experts noted. That activity will continue to grow in 2014, resulting in an explosion in the use of encryption tools, they said.

"Regardless of what you might think of Edward Snowden, the government contractor who leaked secrets about U.S. government surveillance, there is no denying that his disclosures have heightened awareness of cybersecurity all over the world," said Dave Frymier, Unisys chief information security officer. "Before that, many enterprises were running unencrypted data on their internal networks, which they believed were secure. Now they are beginning to use encryption internally as well, so we expect 2014 to be the year of encryption."

As a result of the Snowden disclosures, officials at the highest levels of organizations around the world will increase their focus on data loss prevention, encryption and prioritizing investments in security, Unisys experts predicted.

Frymier added that the increased use of encryption will both enable and encourage more companies to use infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud solutions, where previously they might have had concerns about the safety of their data in the cloud.

New iPhone fingerprint readers jumpstart consumer acceptance of biometrics

Unisys experts also predicted that consumers will embrace the accuracy and ease-of-use of fingerprint readers on the new Apple iPhone, leading to a broader acceptance of biometrics in general. This could jump start a rapid growth in the use of biometrics – including fingerprint, iris scanning and facial recognition – on consumer devices as a way to protect the devices and data, as well as a method to confirm the identities of users for activities such as online retail transactions.

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