What does 256-bit AES Encryption mean?

256-bit AES encryption is designed to “scramble” the contents of anything from emails to cloud-stored data in order to keep information secure from unauthorized eyes. It functions much like a mail envelope does when it conceals mail contents from others in transit, except unsealing it requires a 256 character-long key instead of a letter opener. In fact, a cybercriminal would need to go through 2^256 variations possible variations of a key to crack it. It’s why this type of encryption represents the gold standard for online encryption protocols, and why AbacusNext uses it in Abacus Private Cloud.

How is AES compliance determined?

In light of recent law firm data breaches, the ABA and state bar associations are strongly advising law firms to use encryption to protect client data. Many data privacy regulations also require or strongly encourage encryption. 256-bit AES encryption provides the protection necessary to ensure full compliance.

AES data center and cloud hosting; how does it work?

AbacusNext’s private cloud and case management software solutions come pre-installed with 256-bit AES encryption. Therefore, all file transfer requests, communications, and stored data are safely protected and sealed off from unauthorized users.

AES hosting; how to audit and maintain compliance?

There are numerous factors to consider here, ranging from annually changing encryption keys to conducting regular vulnerability scans. AbacusNext’s technology specialists are available to help ensure that the solutions your firm is using are adequately-audited and fully-compliant.

What other compliance standards are similar to AES?

While there are other versions of AES encryption out there—including 128-bit and 192-bit—these versions would take less effort to crack than 256-bit AES encryption. SSL encryption is another commonly-used data security encryption standard, although the technology behind it operates differently. 256-bit AES encryption will also help you meet data security requirements in HIPAA, PIPEDA, GDPR, and similar data laws

Are there Abacus clients using 256-bit AES Encryption today?

Yes! All clients using AbacusNext’s solutions rely on AbacusNext’s 256-bit AES encryption capabilities.

Learn how AbacusNext can keep your firm’s files and client data safe from cyber criminals!