Symmetric Encryption And Asymmetric Encryption Case Study

Length: 3 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Education - Computers Type: Case Study Paper: #51906423 Related Topics: Cybersecurity, Hipaa, Hacking, Security Breach
Excerpt from Case Study :

Institute of Research: Different Types of Encryption

Keeping data secure is of particular concern for healthcare organizations committed to patient research. Patients are often concerned about being forthcoming about their information because they fear it may be used against them when making occupationally-related decisions or setting health insurance premiums. Organizations must not simply be vigilant in ensuring that such information is protected; they must avoid the appearance of being careless. The creators of the ABC security system must be diligent in ensuring that there are a series of impenetrable controls to ensure that only authorized personnel have access to sensitive information. The most commonly-used method to protect electronic data is that of encryption. "Encryption uses mathematical formulas to scramble data, converting sensitive details coveted by intruders into gibberish" (Behrens 2015). Two techniques are available to protect data for the ABC Institute and its collaborator XYZ, that of "symmetric encryption (also called secret key encryption) and asymmetric encryption (also called public key encryption)" (Czagan 2013). This paper will provide a review of the strengths and weaknesses of both methods and suggest that...


This might be as simple as shifting each letter by a number of places in the alphabet. As long as both sender and recipient know the secret key, they can encrypt and decrypt all messages that use this key" ("Description," 2015). Symmetric encryption is the oldest form of the technique and has the advantage of being relatively fast and simple. The obvious advantage for ABC is that when dealing with large amounts of information, this method would be preferred in the interest of expediency. Changing the key is often used on a session-by-session basis to ensure that a hacker cannot figure out the code (Czagan 2013).

However, the disadvantage of symmetric encryption is that it is not always secure. "Anyone who knows the secret key can decrypt the message" ("Description," 2015). Storage is critical: those that need the information must have access to the key but the key must be protected from those that do not require it. "If you have to store the key on a disk or a device (e.g. In an app), or if you transmit it unprotected over a network, then once an attacker gains access to that key, your encryption is useless" (Behrens 2015). Since symmetric encryption is a one-step process, if the first and only layer of security is penetrated, information can be easily accessible to a hacker. Symmetric encryption is only really safe if there is a foolproof…

Sources Used in Documents:


Alonso-Zaldivar, R. (2015). Lack of encryption standards raises health data privacy questions.

PBS. Retrieved from:

Behrens, M. (2014). Understanding the 3 main types of encryption. Atomic Object.

Retrieved from:
Why isn't everyone using encryption in healthcare? (2015). Virtu. Retrieved from

Cite this Document:

"Symmetric Encryption And Asymmetric Encryption" (2015, August 02) Retrieved January 16, 2022, from

"Symmetric Encryption And Asymmetric Encryption" 02 August 2015. Web.16 January. 2022. <>

"Symmetric Encryption And Asymmetric Encryption", 02 August 2015, Accessed.16 January. 2022,

Related Documents
Cyber Security Most Important Cyber
Words: 2328 Length: 8 Pages Topic: Education - Computers Paper #: 93533978

The operating system faced these issues due to the lackluster approach from Apple to patch their software in time. As a result, it led to risking the data of personal users. It shows that irregularities in the patching of computers affected users adversely without any fault of their own (Daily Tech, 2012). In addition to that, the operating system of Apple is now considered as one of the most favored

Cyber Security Cloud Computing
Words: 1389 Length: 4 Pages Topic: Education - Computers Paper #: 41883574

Cyber Security/Cloud Computing Consider a recent cyber security breach (specific event) and address the following questions: Describe the circumstances involved Monster Com: Confidential information of 1.3 million job seekers was stolen and used in a phishing fraud Monster.Com, a United States online recruitment site reported in 2008 that hackers broke into the site using password-protected resume library. They used credentials that Monster Worldwide Inc. claims were stolen from some of its clients. Reuters reported

Cybersecurity As an Organizational Strategy an Ethical and Legal...
Words: 3101 Length: 10 Pages Topic: Business Paper #: 13203091

Cybersecurity as an Organizational Strategy: An Ethical and Legal Perspective Cybersecurity as Organizational Strategy Across the board -- in business, society, and government -- the promise of cyber capabilities are matched by potential peril. The cyber environment is never static, but it is perhaps most agile in response to the continual stream of emerging cyber threats and realized cyber attacks ("PCAST," 2007). Cybersecurity must be agile. The challenges that must be met

Cybersecurity Vulnerability Issues
Words: 2738 Length: 10 Pages Topic: Education - Computers Paper #: 36589313

Cybersecurity Vulnerability What are Vulnerabilities? Hardware attacks because of Vulnerabilities Hardware Data modification / injection The Scientist Argument Secure Coprocessing How organizations can best address its potential impacts Cybersecurity Vulnerability: Hardware Weakness This essay introduces the role that computer hardware weakness opens the door up for attack in cyber-physical systems. Hardware security -- whether for attack or defense -- is not the same as software, network, and data security on account of the nature of hardware. Regularly, hardware

Cybersecurity Recent Case Studies of
Words: 4325 Length: 16 Pages Topic: Education - Computers Paper #: 46428563

The level and sophistication of this attack on the Department of Defense's systems suggests that professionals conducted this attack with significant resources at their disposal and an interest in the national security secrets of the United States. The data mining operation was so successful that, while detected, still managed to make-off with a significant amount of information. Since the attack, the United States responded in a number of critical ways.

Cyber Security Ethical Issues Associated With Ransomware
Words: 893 Length: 3 Pages Topic: Education - Computers Paper #: 22055267

Cyber Security Ethical issues associated with ransomware It is only natural that people who are known to you will send you messages through your email address. It is lost on me how those engaging in ransomware business access information about their potential victims like the email address as to send you messages that have been infected that when opened infect the whole computer. These people engage in irregular activities. For the residents