"We've been trying hard as an industry to find ways to make encryption work better for customers. The issues with this technology have never been related to the level of protection but are more about cost and complexity of the tools," said David Thompson, director of product management at Voltage. "We're trying to change the cost and usability model, and it seems like the time has come when encryption has truly become more feasible for larger numbers of organizations."
Phillip Dunkelberger, chief executive of PGP, said that the key to the encryption industry's continued growth and success will be based on its ability to create tools that allow organizations to protect their data without getting in the way of end-users simply trying to do their jobs.
The ability for companies like PGP to continue to make their systems easier to use and maintain will lie at the heart of that progress, he said.
"IT operations are being asked to do more with less. They have smaller budgets for new technologies, greater needs to use information for issues of competitive advantage, and yet they're dealing with huge issues of risks and security threats," Dunkelberger said.
"The security industry has done itself a disservice by selling [fear, uncertainty and doubt], but we're much better served by looking harder at trying to help lower the cost of ownership and management for these products that address data protection," he said. "How we can do this without adding complexity will be the key to our growth in the future."