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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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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I have noticed that a potential employer's website has been compromised - should I mention it during an interview?

I am about to have a telephone interview for a junior software developer position. When learning more about the company I have noticed that their website has been compromised or, simply put, hacked (...
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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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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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As a developer, how can I ask for more freedom when confronted with a tight IT security policy?

I've just joined a new company of around 100 employees, 15 of which are developers (including myself). A very frustrating aspect of the job is the IT security policy. As developers we need access to ...
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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 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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How to get employees to set alarm when exiting the building?

My office has an alarm that should be set when they exit the building. Unfortunately, sometimes the last employee out forgets, or doesn't realize that they're the last one (the office is on a single ...
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Should I give recruiter my DOB and last four digits of SSN?

This site has had similar questions about giving private information to recruiters but I haven't seen this particular case. When I'm cold-called by an recruitment agency about a job, and I agree to ...
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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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Should I report to HR and involve others if I am being wrongly accused of theft?

Today something weird happened to me at work - I was accused of stealing a ring by my company's security personnel. Of course, I didn't do it; I even helped my colleague to try to find the ring. My ...
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Is it reasonable to set up a hidden camera in one's office?

Someone I know --not me and not in my workplace-- has noticed a number of incidents of vandalism and petty theft in their office and in the offices of colleagues in nearby offices. Given that all ...
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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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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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How do I report the improper use of social security numbers at work?

At my workplace, my employer has a web based timeclock. At each location, we have a shared computer at the counter that employees use to clock in. The user ID that each person is assigned is their ...
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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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Restricted control over company's laptop [closed]

I have been recently hired as a security engineer on a company. They provided me a MacBook Pro as a company laptop. As I always do in any computer in my possession - including in previous jobs - I ...
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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 ...