Tokenization: An Invisible Solution

Design is essential in data security. Effective data protection can not be achieved with a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Every system is different, as are the needs and desires of companies and their customers. That’s why TokenEx has designed a security solution that is unparalleled in both flexibility and usability. 

One of the guiding principles in data security is that of “psychological acceptability.” Tracing its roots back to a 1975 research paper by Jerome Saltzer and Michael Schroeder entitled “The Protection of Information in Computer Systems,” the principle of psychological acceptability basically states that a security system or procedure shouldn’t interfere with the regular use of the system or data. In other words, it should be as easy for someone to use their computer with security in place as it is when security is absent. 

This is a lofty goal in many cases. Data security must, by design, restrict access to and protect sensitive information. It can be extremely complicated to keep this data safe without interfering with either normal operations or customer experience. For instance, many data encryption solutions require employees to engage in complex key management practices so they can work with the data they need.

So how does TokenEx work within the framework of psychological acceptability? In short, we make sure that our security practices have no visible impact on your existing workflow. 

With a tokenization solution from TokenEx, all of the sensitive data you handle is automatically protected before it ever touches your environment. Instead of handling sensitive data, your employees can use protected, tokenized data to perform the same tasks with no change to their routine. In many cases, the structure of our tokens mimics the sensitive data, meaning they can be used in exactly the same way.

For instance, many companies use tokenization to protect credit card data. The structure of a tokenized credit card number still takes the same 16-digit form as a real credit card number, but the numbers are actually random values. This means your employees can use the tokens in place of real credit card numbers – oftentimes, they don’t even know they’re working with tokenized data instead of real values. 

This makes tokenization one of the most seamless and invisible security options available to businesses today. But that doesn’t mean tokenization is a security compromise. On the contrary – TokenEx’s tokenization service comprises robust authentication, randomization, and encryption methods. You don’t lose anything by using tokenization instead of an in-house security solution, but you do avoid expanded compliance obligations and increased steps in your workflow.

To learn more about our tokenization services and how they can help your business save time and money, contact one of our representatives today. You can also follow TokenEx on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter to get the latest industry information on tokenizationHIPAA, and data security.

Topic(s): data security , PCI DSS , tokenization

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