Sun Java System Directory Server Enterprise Edition 6.3 Deployment Planning Guide

Attribute Encryption and Performance

While attribute encryption offers increased data security, this feature does impact performance. Use attribute encryption only to encrypt particularly sensitive attributes.

Sensitive data can be accessed directly through index files. Thus, you must encrypt the index keys corresponding to the encrypted attributes, to ensure that the attributes are fully protected. Indexing already has a performance impact, without the added cost of encrypting index keys. Therefore, configure attribute encryption before data is imported or added to the database for the first time. This procedure ensures that encrypted attributes are indexed as such from the outset.