Questions tagged [security]

Security is the degree of resistance to, or protection from, harm. Workplace questions should only be tagged with this if they relate to actual security concerns (physical or digital) and are specific to the workplace. See extended tag info for usage guidelines.

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What are the possible consequences for refusing to use personal phone for authentication? [closed]

There are many questions here involving using ones personal phone as a phone for work purposes, and the answers tend to indicate that it is quite reasonable, even recommended, not to use a personal ...
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How to approach IT security and legal issues with unwilling boss?

I am working as an apprentice in a very small company, and, although sizable amount of money and IP (Intellectual Property) pass by our company, IT Security and presence of legally obliged documents ...
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I keep getting challenged by internal infosec for no reason

I am a recent new hire (I am a data scientist on a work visa) and I've gone through all the training for my job. During my first month, I met someone named "Pete" in my office who works in ...
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Wrongfully accused of lending my security badge to another employee

I work in the cybersecurity division of my employer, in a lead role for close to 9 years. Two days ago, I was working late patching and monitoring our systems as a result of a security incident that ...
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Helping junior team members grasp abstract concepts in a new IT domain

I work as the team lead on the IT Security team where I work. I have close to 8 years of experience in cybersecurity. Recently a junior engineer joined my team. He changed IT domains from development ...
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Need Advice On Cyber Security Career Path [closed]

I'm an amateur hacker with a solid experience in full stack and programming. I recently decided to chase after my dream job and transitioned to the Cyber industry. I applied to a few companies and ...
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Github permission issue from developer's perspective when working on someone else's Organisation [closed]

I am working on a project where the company seems suspicious to me. It's a remote job. They invited me to their Organisation and I accepted it on my Github. They have Android, iOS & Backend ...
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May a company look at the local drives and folders of the employees? [closed]

Some company policies include the possibility to monitor their Technology for security purposes when employees utilize it, including monitoring software to scan and review Company material stored, ...
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Should I disclose that I can still access a company's systems after I've left?

I used to work for a company as head of one of the IT departments. I quit because of, let's say, overall low standards and my conviction that changing them would be very difficult or impossible given ...
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What rights do I have in regards to workforce management apps?

Can I declare I won't be using their app; what rights do I have? I am very thorough with my privacy and security and do not answer emails, calls, texts etc outside my contracted hours. However, the ...
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Can poor performance in optional , but work sponsored activities hurt my standing in the company?

For National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, my employer is sponsoring a secure code warrior competition where teams who sign up are presented with software code with security ...
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Retraining for cyber security. What's the quickest way into the field? [closed]

I’m 26 and I recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology, but it hasn’t proven to be useful in finding a job. I understand there are a lot of job opportunities (with many specializations)...
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Switching from software developer to infosec/pentester [closed]

About a week ago I had a chance to observe the workflow and talk with team of incredibly talented and young hackers, they were pentesting our system and dug up 4 security holes within a day. What I ...
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How to get team members to be more open with their opinions regarding architecture?

I have recently joined the architectural review board (ARB) at the place where I work serving as the security representative. The role of the ARB is to recommend and approve software design ...
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Secure code review requirement for cybersecurity engineer hiring

I am the team lead on the IT Security team where I work. Recently we were interviewing for an security engine role. One of the traditional security / SOC engineer roles in all the places I worked is ...
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How can I get an information security team to see that their over-the-top security measures are only decreasing security?

Summary: I worked for a small startup, that was acquired by a mega corporation. Its IT security policies are excessive, but they don't add more security, and prevent me from doing work. How do I ...
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What should I do when in a work environment that confuses security with control actually slows down my workflow?

So I am working as a temp basically for a banking institution that has me restricted from downloading Git, it creates a Bitbucket repo for me but I am denied access to the repo that was created on my ...
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Is participation in different bug hunting programs viable career path and source of income?

Is participation in different bug hunting programs viable career path and source of income? More specific questions: What are estimated, expected earnings of bug hunters? How long one needs to train/...
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How to tell junior team member that particular certification may be not right for them at this time without being demoralizing?

I have been working in the cybersecurity profession for about close to 6 years now, and just last year got CISSP certification, along with the AWS Security certification recently. As the team lead, ...
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How can I help junior colleagues understand the why of tasks our team does

I work in IT Security as the team lead of the team. I really enjoy mentoring younger, more junior colleagues of team and in the past, my manager has complimented me on how teaching and leadership are ...
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How to communicate to developers about security vulnerability detected when not included in user stories (requirements) [closed]

I work as the team lead of the IT Security team where I work. A major part of my job duties is leading vulnerabilities scanning, management, and remediation validation. I frequently interact with ...
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How to coordinate urgent video conferencing meetings with team when working remote with less than optimal Internet connection?

I work as team lead of the IT Security team where I work. Today we had a security incident (verified via tripped canary tokens / observed IOCs) and I had to coordinate all hands on deck meeting with ...
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How can I help developers reduce amount of instant messages to my team?

I am the team lead of the IT security team where I currently work. We have recently completed our annual vulnerability penetration testing and now user stories to remediate vulnerabilities are been ...
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How can I safely show in my resume my experience with pen testing tools

I work in the cybersecurity field as a security analyst. As a part of my work I have gained decent experience with white hat penetration testing tools such as Snort, Burp Suite, MetaSploit etc. I also ...
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Ensuring employees don't leak code or data [closed]

How do you make sure that your private code repository/data files aren't leaked by your employees? On their work device, they would need to simultaneously have sensitive code/data, along with ...
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If a private company has been targeted by ransomware do they need to make this detail public?

What responsibility does a company have after they have fallen victim to a targeted hack/ransomware attack? And what responsibilities does an individual have if they know of such as issue, which is ...
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Accidentally defaced an internal production website during vulnerability scanning - How do I protect myself

I work in the information security department at my employer. Today while using automated tool of Burp Suite on one of our internal web applications in production to search for vulnerabilities, I ...
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I was duped into typing my password in plaintext during a Slack chat session

I worked in a heavily regulated industry and a company that is resistant to change. We recently just got Slack and everyone on our engineering team was getting used to it. A few jokes were made with ...
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Raised concerns about a security vulnerability to various managers, for more than a year, with no results. Should I mention it to external auditors?

Our team - I work in financial and operational reporting as one of a team of 3 -- I'm not an accountant or in the finance function as such, it's more like Management Information (or Business ...
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Is it legal for my employer (UK) to ask personal questions?

My employer in the United Kingdom has been requested by a third party (whom we, the company, work for) that all employees complete a security related interview involving personal questions such as if ...
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How to handle Social Engineered relationships after Red Team engagements? [closed]

I'm learning to become a Red Teamer, which simulates attacks by adversaries from multiple angles: Digital/Cyber, Physical and Social. This questions focuses on the Social Engineering aspect of Red ...
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Using MFA on client owned computer

I have had a pretty long-term relationship with a client. We develop medical applications and part of our arrangement is that they lent me a dedicated computer to use for all the work I do with them. ...
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How can I make sure colleagues do not feel like I accuse them of doing something wrong?

I work in a small company in Thailand, SE Asia. I am originally from Europe. I live and work there since many years, we all speak English in the company, and normally communication works fine. I am ...
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Job interview by video at home and privacy concerns

I wrote a job application and the next step would be a video interview. Is it safe to do it at my home or should I go for example to a library or other public place to conduct the interview? I mean, ...
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Should I disclose a disability that requires me to use a medical Bluetooth device during the application process?

I'm in the process of applying to jobs where security is a significant concern and foreign Bluetooth devices are often not permitted on site. However, I use such a device daily to manage a disability. ...
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37 years old with a psychology bachelors and work history in restaurant management [closed]

I have been wanting to change careers from being in the restaurant/hospitality industry for a few years now, but I did not want to choose a new career path without being absolutely sure that I was ...
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How could I have handled my colleagues unavailability during security incident response better?

I work as a security engineer / security analyst on the IT Security team at my workplace. One of my core job duties is triaging , remediating / containing, and as necessary, escalating of security ...
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How do I report an employee who is compromising security of employees and clients?

I work as a software developer on a team of 4 people for a community outreach organization. The network security is poor but upper management is aware of it, and we're planning to switch to a better ...
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Providing a security plan for a client [closed]

I started a small business that provides a web application to clients, and a new customer asked for a security plan. I've never written one before. I understand that security plans can vary in ...
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Should I report a leak of confidential HR information?

I found that an employee who is no longer with us uploaded a giant Excel file containing HR information into Slack. The file is available to anyone in our Slack and contains names of all current and ...
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Request from management that I disagree with

Posting from real account now I work on the IT security team at my employer as a senior analyst / engineer. A part of my job duties is performance reporting to senior management on certain ...
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Is it good practice to sign not very important documents in a shared environment?

I learned about signing documents, so that we can assure integrity and the author attribution. In my company, we already use SharePoint which assigns documents to their creators, and also track last ...
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Company failed to take data breach seriously

A few months back, I was working with someone in Payroll to resolve some paycheck errors that occurred when my employer switched to a new payroll system. As it turns out, hundreds of employees were ...
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Manager is not replying about permission to use dummy data

As part of the project that I was doing at a company that I recently joined I need to submit a report to my college. During the start of the project I made it clear that I would need to submit the ...
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Unable to persuade colleagues

An issue I've been running into a lot is that me and colleagues are discussing how to do a certain thing in the field of software development, e.g. security. The team leans towards a certain approach ...
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Salary employee (software developer) held personally liable for client's data loss or exposure (GDPR)

I'm working as full time software developer at relatively small IT company (around 15 employees) which itself is a part of larger group of small to mid sized companies. In preparation for EU's new ...
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Hiring at industry events in cybersecurity

On the information security team at my company where I currently work, we have several critical / urgent roles we are looking to fill, amongst including a senior security architect, several senior ...
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What to do when during a meeting client's people start to (physically) fight with each other?

I work on a project that requires many on-site meetings at the client's location, with client people from different departments. These departments can be considered as closed silos, where everyone ...
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Quitting employee has privileged access to critical information

A colleague of mine had some very privileged access to sensitive information, that was kept in remote machines with no internet access whose files could not be copied to local machines. He quit the ...
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Sexual Harassment, helpless and scared

Disclaimer: I am not even posting this anonymous, because I really don't care anymore, and I want to be able to answer every single comment, and thank every single answer. Background Information: ...
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