How WinRAR Can Be Used In Government Institutions

With the increasing threat of cyber-attacks, the need for more robust and secure software has never been higher.

Meeting all government requirements for data protection and easily implementable administrator controls, WinRAR is the tool for all government, military and defense departments. The AES 256-bit encryption capabilities, recovery record and its ability to be incorporated into existing software; unpacking and scanning for malicious content, makes WinRAR the first choice for these departments and contractors to meet their obligations.

A Brief Introduction To WinRAR

WinRAR is a data compression and archiving tool. It can compress data into smaller, more manageable archives saving space and making them easier to share online or via email. WinRAR also acts as a virtual filing cabinet, storing files in one place in easy to access archives.

WinRAR archives can be encrypted and password protected to secure them against accidental modification.

WinRAR was developed by Eugene Roshal (Roshal Archive), and with its initial release in 1995, it is the original data compression and extraction tool, used by over 500 million users worldwide.

WinRAR has a loyal following and is one of the most popular and trusted compression utilities on the Windows platform.

WinRAR is officially known as trialware, providing users with a 40-day trial period.

After the 40 days, a license must be purchased to continue using WinRAR.

Defend The Data

Increases in threats from cyber-criminals and the introduction of stricter security standards demands an advanced approach to the safekeeping of classified and sensitive data by Government Agencies. These agencies hold vast amounts of data on civilians as well as state secrets.

The use of encryption in Government Institutions should be mandatory and is the simplest way and the first step these institutions should take to protect the mammoth amount of information they have to process and store.

Encrypt The Data

Data encryption is a common and very effective method of securing sensitive and classified information. It is the most straightforward way of protecting individuals and an organisations data.

AUTHENTICATION – an important feature in proving that a website is legitimate and has been assigned an SSL certificate. With so many fraudulent websites around, this is a very important feature.

PRIVACY – encryption guarantees that messages, emails and files containing sensitive information cannot be read while they are in transit or at rest.

COMPLIANCE – many industries and particularly Government Institutions have strict rules in place that ensures any data they hold is encrypted. Examples of these directives include the GDPR, HIPAA and CCPA.

SECURITY – if an employee has their mobile device stolen, encryption would protect the data stored on it from falling into the wrong hands. It assists organisations with communication and ensures that their communications cannot be intercepted.

AES Encryption Technology

The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is the industry standard for Governments, the Military, Financial Organisations and the Healthcare Sector. Available in 128-bit, 192-bit and 256-bit, AES is considered to be impervious to attacks. It is the go-to solution for the private sector.

AES encryption should be used in Government Institutions to protect:

DATA IN TRANSIT – this is active data travelling between devices, through private or public networks, such as email or messages.

DATA AT REST – this is data that is stored in any digital form, such as databases, mobile devices and hard drives, files, etc. It is estimated that more than 90% of data is in this state.

DATA IN PROCESS – this is active data that is being used by an application or individual and is being frequently changed or modified.

WinRAR Can Help You Safeguard Your Data

WinRAR is one of the most popular and most trusted applications on the market. It is being constantly improved to keep up with the changing security environment that individuals and organisations alike must navigate.

With WinRAR, users can set passwords for files and archives, which not only encrypts the names with 256-bit AES encryption, but also encrypts the metadata too, making it virtually impossible for the contents of files to be guessed or intercepted. These archives and files can then be safely stored on devices and in the cloud.

With the ability to set up Administrator right, organisations are in complete control over the data they store and over who can access it. WinRAR’s built-in password manager is also a very useful addition to it already extensive arsenal, helping users to keep track of the numerous and difficult password required to keep sensitive data away from prying eyes.

WinRAR automatically stores the exact time that a file or archive was modified, time-stamping files, giving further control to system administrators regarding when and who is accessing data. This goes hand-in-hand with WinRAR’s built-in back up options and its Lock Archive function which prevents any accidental modification of files.

Setting the Recovery Record with WinRAR can help to restore damaged archives and used along with existing anti-virus tools, WinRAR can scan files and archives for malicious content before the contents have been unpacked onto users’ computers.

With more than 25 years’ experience and a dedicated Sales & Support Team, WinRAR is the ultimate software for Government Institutions. Out-of-the-box and easy to use, WinRAR can do everything that organisations need to stay compliant with privacy regulations such as the GDPR and CCPA.