In order to protect data for both the firm and the firm’s clients, AbacusLaw provides strong encryption for both databases and documents. AbacusLaw Database Encryption provides AES-256 “at rest” encryption for the AbacusLaw and Abacus Accounting databases, and Document Encryption provides AES-256 “at rest” encryption for AbacusLaw files. Database and Document Encryption require separately purchased licenses.
To enable encryption, an AbacusLaw admin user must enter a key to encrypt the database or files. This key is created by the firm and is required to access the database outside of AbacusLaw applications. In instances where an Abacus support engineer needs to access the database directly, an administrator within the firm must give authorization and enter the key to allow access.
Encryption can only be disabled by AbacusLaw admin users, and the encryption key must be provided for authentication. Each time encryption is re-enabled, a new key is created.
- Note that total processing time for the initial encryption is dependent on the size of the database or document files and the resources available to the server. Larger databases or greater volume of document files may increase processing time.
To run encryption, firm servers need a 64-bit operating system. Acceptable operating systems include: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Windows Server 2008-2016.