Tech companies have come under fire in recent years for their handling of cybersecurity breaches.
But the public perception of these breaches has grown, as more and more companies are finding it harder to keep their staff safe.
Here’s how to ensure you are protected when working with companies.
Read MoreTech companies have emerged as a particularly vulnerable target because they are often heavily staffed with employees with strong security backgrounds.
In the last few years, the threat of a breach has escalated exponentially.
“Security is a big issue,” wrote security expert Scott Aaronson in a blog post earlier this year.
“It’s not a matter of whether you are using encryption, a password manager, or a secure password manager.
Security is about the tools and the technology that we have available.”
It’s no secret that many companies, including large tech companies, have been caught red-handed in recent cybersecurity breaches, including one that exposed the personal information of nearly half a million U.S. adults.
It also doesn’t hurt that there are a number of different companies involved, with different types of security and privacy policies.
However, there’s also a growing perception that companies have not taken the steps necessary to protect their employees.
This perception, which was created after a recent hack in which the personal data of more than one million individuals was exposed, has led to a backlash in the public, and the backlash has not abated.
“It’s been frustrating to see that these companies are trying to protect employees through a series of policies that they know don’t adequately protect them,” said Richard Dreyfuss, chief security officer of cyber firm ThreatConnect.
“And when that fails, they are not doing anything to protect the data, or to take the necessary steps to protect it.”
While a recent report by the National Security Agency showed that there have been more than 1,500 incidents of unauthorized data breaches involving companies, the majority of them have been in the field.
The vast majority of these were not linked to government intelligence activities, but instead to cyberattacks.
“There’s a perception that they’re not doing enough to protect people,” said Dreyffuss.
“The reality is that a lot of companies have been able to get away with it.
But they’re just not doing it enough to actually make their employees safe.”
The good news is that there’s still a way to be confident when working at a tech company.
“In my experience, the most effective way to ensure that your company is safe is to have a strong firewall on your network,” said Aaronson.
“I’ve never had to deal with any breach where I needed to put up a firewall on my own networks.”
In order to protect yourself, you need to understand your company’s policies and make sure they are compliant with state and federal laws.
It’s also important to use tools that help you stay safe.
“If you don’t know what you’re dealing with, then you don.
I mean, you’re going to be a bit more vulnerable if you’re not familiar with the security tools you’re using,” said Jason Schreier, vice president of technology for Aalto University.”
You need to get up-to-date on what’s out there,” said Schreiest.
“That’s a big deal.”
Here are five ways you can be sure your company follows best practices.1.
Get up-front about your privacy.
If you’re hiring an IT professional for your team, it’s best to get upfront about the privacy policies you have in place.
You can find out more about what data is collected and what is protected in a privacy statement, and how it will be used.
“Don’t be afraid to get in touch with your company about these policies, and make clear that this information is not being shared,” said Michael Schmitt, vice chairman of cybersecurity for RSA, a leading security and identity management company.
Schmitt also advises companies to provide their employees with access to a privacy dashboard that includes all information about the company, such as the IP address, the device used to access that information, and what’s going on in the company’s network.2.
Identify who’s responsible for managing data.
When you’re looking at how to safeguard data, it makes sense to identify who is responsible for maintaining the information.
You need to be sure you have an understanding of who is accessing data, and who is supposed to keep it safe.
“You want to make clear who is at fault,” said John T. Cote, chief information officer at IBM.
“So if somebody does access that data, they need to know who is in charge of that data.”3.
Set up a password management service.
When choosing a password service, remember that there is no guarantee it will keep your data secure.
“If it doesn’t, you have a problem,” said Cote.
“People don’t really know how secure their passwords are.”4.
Use a good password manager with strong encryption