3.1 Configuring and Using Data Encryption

You can use data encryption to protect data that is stored or that is being transmitted. Data on storage devices and media can be at risk of theft or device loss. Data being transmitted over local area networks and the Internet can be intercepted or altered. In addition, data encryption to protect privacy and personal data is increasingly being made a mandatory requirement of corporate security policy and by governmental regulations (for example, HIPAA, GLBA, SOX, and PCI DSS).

Oracle Linux systems provide several strategies for protecting data: