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Benchmarking Encryption Technology
As enterprises and government agencies increase their dependence on intranets, extranets and the Internet, they are relying mainly on two standards to protect their data: Triple Data Encryption Standard (DES) and the more recently developed and approved Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Without such encryption, data packets can be easily captured and viewed by unauthorized users.
In lieu of the above-mentioned encryption algorithms, IT organizations can opt for alternate open-source offerings, such as Blowfish and Twofish from Cupertino, California-based Counterpane Labs, the research division of Counterpane Internet Security, or Bedford, Massachusetts-based RSA Security's BSAFE.
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