Data Encryption

In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read it. Encryption does not of itself prevent interception, but denies the message content to the interceptor. In an encryption scheme, the intended communication information or message, referred to as plaintext, is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, generating ciphertext that can only be read if decrypted. An authorized recipient can easily decrypt the message with the key provided by the originator to recipients, but not to unauthorized interceptors.

When transferring information to or from Ecocion, we recommend the use of our secure FTP site. In addition to the normal FTP protocol, we also support the secure SFTP and FTPS (both explicit and implicit) protocols. These protocols encrypt all information sent while in transit and offer much greater security over the plain FTP protocol.

In addition to using a secure file transport method, Ecocion can also accept data that is encrypted using the PGP and GPG encryption standards.

Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is a data encryption and decryption computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication. PGP is often used for signing, encrypting and decrypting texts, E-mails, files, directories and whole disk partitions to increase the security of e-mail communications. PGP and similar products follow the OpenPGP standard (RFC 4880) for encrypting and decrypting data.

GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or GPG) is a GPL Licensed alternative to the PGP suite of cryptographic software. GnuPG is compliant with RFC 4880, which is the current IETF standards track specification of OpenPGP. Current versions of PGP are interoperable with GnuPG and other OpenPGP-compliant systems.  Latest versions of the GNU Privacy Guard software are available here: http://www.gnupg.org.

In order to encrypt data for transmittal to Ecocion, please use our public key that is attached here:

Ecocion-PGP-Public-Key.txt