Today is Computer Security Day (isn’t there a day for everything!) but we think that this one is an important day to mark. Computer security is a hugely important issue for all businesses, but especially for recruiters. But, so many people don’t understand what their responsibilities are and often it’s because the tech industry makes things sound so complicated, recruiters just don’t know where to start.
We’ve pulled together this simple blog post to break down some of the steps that you need to take to keep your recruitment business cyber-safe.
- Have a policy for strong passwords
How many of you have one password for everything in your recruitment agency? It’s tempting to do, but using the same password across multiple platforms will increase the chance of it being hacked. A few tips to implement straight away:
- Use password management software to keep track of your passwords. There are many free password managers available such as LastPass, Dashlane, Keeper Security, RoboForm, KeePass, Sticky Password to name a few, but there are loads of options available
- Make sure your passwords are strong – a mixture of upper and lower case, digits and symbols. Did you know that 123456 and password have been the most popular passwords for years?
- Make sure your tech is safe
– Make sure you update your Spyware and Malware protection and ensure that it
covers all devices including PCs, laptops, smart-phones and tablets.
- Weak security around your WIFI and using cloud-based services with weak passwords will all put your recruitment agency in a vulnerable position.
- Hire a cybersecurity expert
Tech is complicated. It’s not everybody’s strong point, which is why we’d advise you to bring in a specialist to help you. At Reverse Delta, we use a combination of specialist penetration testing companies and our own security experts to help us and they carry out cyber-security risk assessments for us because we host an incredible 650 Gigabytes of data on behalf of our recruitment clients. You might want to take a read of this article from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation to understand the difference between cyber-security and IT support.
- Make sure you’re GDPR compliant
We know GDPR is a distant memory, but keeping candidate and client data safe is fundamentally important to us and it should be to you too! We have built-in best-practice data security and encryption to our FXRecruiter platform (which all of our recruitment industry websites are built on) so that clients and candidates can opt-in and out of communications and unsubscribe should they want to. Protecting people’s personal data is critical for any recruitment agency and demonstrating that you take this seriously will make sure you don’t fall foul of the ICO and more importantly build trust with your clients and candidates. One of the CRM systems that FXRecruiter integrates with, Access Group, has written this blog post about how recruitment agencies can avoid a GDPR disaster.
- Implement your updates!
Make sure you are on an up-to-date operating system as the hackers are learning increasingly sophisticated ways to breach security and they can’t protect you against hackers. When a security update does come out, it’s probably because a threat has been identified, so implement it as soon as you can! At Reverse Delta, we use Linux to host client websites, and Windows 10 in our offices and we always ensure these are up to date with all patches and updates.
And don’t forget to update FXRecruiter. We keep the platform updated regularly to make sure we’re keeping it safe, whether it’s a new version or a monthly security patch. So if we ask you to update the platform, there’s a really important reason why you should do it!
If you want to find out more about FXRecruiter and the commitment Reverse Delta makes to keeping your website safe, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call UK toll free +44 (0)8000 199 737 or for calling from elsewhere +44 (0)203 682 9533.