What is Transparent Encryption?

What is Transparent Encryption?

Transparent Encryption refers to a method of encrypting data at rest, where the encryption and decryption process is transparent to the user and the application.

This means that the user or application does not need to take any explicit action to encrypt or decrypt the data. The process is handled automatically by the underlying storage or database management system.

Transparent Encryption is often used in databases, file systems, and storage devices to protect sensitive data without modifying the existing application or infrastructure.

This allows for data to be encrypted without any changes to how the application interacts with the data, making it a popular solution for organizations looking to encrypt their data without incurring additional costs or causing disruptions to their existing systems.

Examples of Transparent Encryption solutions include:

  • Full-Disk Encryption (FDE) for encrypting entire storage devices.
  • File-level Encryption for encrypting files and directories.
  • Database Encryption for encrypting database data, like column-level encryption or TDE (Transparent Data Encryption).

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Runtime Encryption® Platform

Encryption as a service

Database Encryption: Simplified Key Management Across Global Databases