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Mar 8 2018   8:14PM GMT

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In cryptography, a private key (secret key) is a variable that is used with an algorithm to encrypt and decrypt code. Continued…

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“Because anyone who steals a private key can sign executable code that would then be successfully verified by the electronic device, that key must remain secure.” – Ellen Muraskin

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Many organizations don’t give encryption a thought until they suffer a data _______.
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