With the threat of data breaches becoming more commonplace, it’s natural to be hesitant in sharing personal and/or sensitive information. Government entities and employees tend to have robust security measures in place, but they are only as secure as their weakest vendor.
So what are some good security measures and features to look out for when choosing vendors, companies and apps to work with in off-duty management, particularly where you will be sharing personal information? And, is there anything you can do on your own to mitigate the risk of your information getting leaked?
Security Features to Expect
Make sure the site is secure.
User registration and authentication.
If looking at vendors, ask for best practices in security. They should:
What Can You Do?
Use strong passwords. Passwords should be:
Update your device, software and apps.
The data of your agency and officers needs to be protected, even when looking for off-duty technology. Make sure to vet any software or mobile application that holds sensitive or personal information to eliminate the risks associated with a data breach. Ensuring appropriate controls and policies is as much a question of organizational culture as it is of deploying the right toolset, or hiring the right vendor.