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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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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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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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Is there any risk in sharing info about technologies and products we use with a supplier?

Sometimes I email with suppliers of different software products we use, may use in the future or have used in the past. In these conversations I of course provide the info necessary so that the ...
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Is reasonable right to privacy interpreted solely by policy, or are there limits within UK Law as to what is permitted? [closed]

We have a Data Protection Officer who is quite senior; and should, on paper, know the intricacies of EU/UK Data Law. However, they often make questionable choices that are challenged by other ...
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How to help new team member with security best practices without escalation to management

I currently work on the Information Security team at my employer and have been working at my company for about 4 years. Recently a new member joined the team, who per his resume has about 1.5 years of ...
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How should I approach asking to have a lock put on my storage cabinet under my desk?

I work at a small startup and we are growing quite rapidly. We recently moved to a new, bigger location and got new desks and storage cabinets for our things. I'm not secretive and I have nothing to ...
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Being held to a much higher standard than my peers

I am being held to a higher standard than my peers when it comes to security and best practices in my professional workplace. Some Background. My company's main office is located in the United ...
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Coworker brings girlfriend to the office during afterhours

My coworker and I often work some (unpaid) hours on evenings and weekends. He recently started to bring in his girlfriend to the company. She will sit next to him without talking, doing stuff on her ...
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Information Security hiring

I was discussing an issue with an ex-colleague. He is currently assisting (as an HR member) with hiring for an Information Security department, where the Information Security team are responsible for ...
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Is it normal for a company to ask for a photo ID when finishing my new-hire paperwork?

I've been hired by a company recently and now they're finishing my paperwork. Today, I was asked to provide a photo ID. I'm going to use a picture of my license. I want to make sure this is normal ...
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How to request colleague assistance for on call support during manager vacation?

I recently joined the information security team at my employer about a month ago. Just this week, I started to participate in off hours on-call support as security must be available on a continuous ...
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How to assist non - technical end users communicate effectively and concisely during incident response?

As a member of the Information Security team at my workplace, triaging, researching, and escalating if necessary of SIEM / IDS alerts is one of my job duties. I work at central company headquarters ...
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How to gain trust of colleague who is blocking access to data?

I work in the research department of a small company. There are two people with access to the research database, me and my colleague. The research database contains anonymized data. My colleague is ...
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The kind of safe a large company uses for important documents [closed]

Wondering what a larger company with resources uses to store important potentially confidential documents. Or what is recommended as best practices if most companies don't typically adhere to them. ...
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Product Manager Doesn’t Care About Cybersecurity

Recently it was discovered that one of the open source packages we were using in our software was deemed vulnerable many years ago. It is no longer maintained. It is also too costly to remove and ...
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Is it safe to check personal accounts in work computer?

So sometimes I check things like my personal emails and do financial transactions like pay bills on my work computer. I came across an article recently that it said your work monitors every little ...
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Value of intermediate status to certification in cybersecurity profession - Associate ISC^2

In the past year, I successfully passed the CISSP exam administered by ISC^2 . The CISSP certification is highly reputable and the most widely recognized certification amongst IT Security ...
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How a cloud data center company hires security guards [closed]

In reading a little about cloud security on platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud, I realize they have to hire security guards in addition to having the software-level and ...
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How to respond to third party (vendor) theft and fraud? [closed]

Our organization acquired a software from a software engineer (Alice). Alice designed the software to take 2% off the top of all transactions and place it into her bank account. If we complained to ...
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Are incorrect login attempts logged in by the website or company [closed]

When you put in an incorrect user id and/or password , do companies/websites keep a record of that? Like for example Joe1 had an incorrect login attempt at this time? And if so how long do they keep ...
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Sharing promotion letter from an old employer

I am currently searching for a job. Can I include the promotion letter from my old employer in my portfolio? It includes words of appreciation, new designation, and allowance.
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Personal e-mail obtained due to compromised work account (GDPR) [closed]

At my current place of work a phishing e-mail was sent from an employee's e-mail address (Let's call them Sally). An e-mail originating from Sally's account was sent to everyone's work e-mail within ...
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How to convince manager of need for additional security testing before release [closed]

I work in the InfoSec profession as an IT auditor. One of my duties at work is testing and verifying that necessary security requirements are in place before code and application updates are released ...
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My company sends honeypot phishing email; should I automatically junk them?

My company sends honeypot phishing emails from within our organization in Microsoft Outlook. e.g. hr@mycompanyname.com , ithelpdesk@mycompanyname.com , etc. I fell to one of these in a lapse of ...
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Startup is going without clear direction [closed]

I currently work at an international startup in Asia that has been around for more than 5 years, and I am currently going on 2 years working there. The problem is lately, many of the startup's plans ...
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Is it common for software development jobs to prioritise speed over security (or lack thereof)? [closed]

I have encountered startups to large corporations (outsourcing work) to prioritise speed, go-to-market and churning out as much code as fast as possible. In this scenario, any software developer can ...
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Should I give my SSN to recruiter? [duplicate]

I got call from recruiter and he said I should give him my SSN in order to apply to job. From his email: As part of our disclosures and to present you as a qualified Candidate to [Company Name], ...
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Motivate coworkers to use strong passwords

I work for an expanding company, and we are currently establishing a new IT-infrastructure and several company-policies (privacy/safety rules). One of my biggest concerns is the acceptance of ...
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Is it acceptable to do a security test on a company's open WiFi before an interview?

I was invited to an interview for an IT position in an organization called XYZ. While waiting in the lobby, I found an open WiFi network called XYZ. I connected to it and was greeted with a web page ...
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Separating work and personal accounts

How to separate personal and professional accounts? Everyone knows it's a good practice to separate personal and professional emails, but when talking about online accounts things get murkier. I ...
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Personal and legal liability with respect to inexperience?

I am a recent Bachelor's graduate in computer science - I have been employed in the field for less than a year. My current employer is asking me to design and implement a relatively advanced ...
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What should I do after finding salary information on the company fileserver?

We have a local fileserver on premises. It appears a manager synced his cloud storage account to a folder on this server (in a location that's not very hard to find). This folder is now accessible to ...
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Is it an acceptable practice for IT to ask an employee for their password over Skype Messenger?

I got an email saying my password would expire in a few days, so I clicked on the link in the email and updated it. After doing so, I realized I could no longer log in to my computer, except by ...
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How to get the attention of operations manager as a junior?

The software development company I work for has around 40-50 employees with about 12 of those being developers. I work as a junior developer and have been working for about a year after completing an ...
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How to deal with senior employees subverting security tests [closed]

I work as an IT contractor for a large insurance company in the UK. Every so often, our security team will send a fake email around our office, to test that people can recognize and flag phishing/...
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Communicating with prospective vendor about official documents

My manager and senior management at my company has requested due diligence feedback on a prospective vendor our company is thinking of doing business with. It is the same company I asked about in this ...
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Is it ok if I ask the employer for the contract iI have not signed yet

I have been given a job offer for a job in another country (Chiang Mai, Thailand), it is the first time I work abroad so I am not sure what to do to secure myself, should I ask for a signed contract ...
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Company doesn't follow security policies advertised to clients

I work for a small consulting company with no formal IT personnel. One other employee and I are the only ones who actually care about information security and network management. We both get a ton of ...
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Should I open the door if I cannot verify that someone has an access card? [closed]

I work at a popular hospital, and we use keycards/badges to enter buildings. If someone asks me to open the door for them should I oblige?
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How can I help team members be more discreet and judicious?

I am an IT Auditor and the lead for the team. Our team has access to very sensitive data such as: Audit findings Pen testing results / vulnerability scans Audit committee correspondence If some of ...
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Is it acceptable to leave laptop in locked car? [closed]

I was issued a high-end Mac laptop to perform my work. I was told that I should take the laptop to and from the office with me. Often on my way home form the office I stop by the grocery store or ...
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How to persuade boss that games with e-mail are not a good way to increase security

My boss wants to force a game that when you leave your computer unlocked and walk away others will send an e-mail from you (saying something stupid; like free doughnuts tomorrow). The impetus for ...
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Handling fallout due to new security policies

I am an InfoSec professional working as an IT auditor. For several months now, I have working closely with our information security team to strengthen the security controls governing our PCI and SOX ...
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Raising concerns with a software vendor company

I was filling up some details in our payroll site that is maintained by a third party vendor. I had difficulty saving and there wasn't an error message. Curious, I decided to check the browser console ...
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Should a new employee be disciplined for not recognising a superior? [closed]

I work as a senior developer in a small/medium UK-based company with multiple offices. Rarely do personnel go between the different offices. Our office has a publicly accessible reception area but the ...
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Would a big security breach destroy a programmer's career? [closed]

I am a programmer. I heard about Ccleaner security breach, I think Ccleaner is dead by now, who would trust such apps, one security breach destroyed a well known company. I guess the manager would be ...