Category: Cyber Security

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Online security SSL certificate

By Andy Ralph   September 6, 2021  

The primary way most websites do this is through their SSL Certificates. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) allows you to authenticate a website’s identity and create an encrypted connection between the site and the user. The certificate signifies the fact that the website is safe and trustworthy. Secure use of SSL on the website is shown by the familiar padlock icon in the browser bar and the domain name starting with https://. Something your users will have come to expect.

A great recruitment website isn’t just about the things your users can see: the amazing content, the brilliant user experience or the ease of applying to jobs. It’s also about the things that your users don’t see. The SEO algorithms that help you land exactly where you want on the site. The speed of page loading. And the security processes that make sure your visitors are safe from cyberattacks and data breaches.

In effect, this encryption prevents hackers from attempting to read the data transmitted as it’s being sent between two connections (usually the domain host — you — and the user). This data must be kept secure for a recruitment website, where you might expect to deal with such sensitive information as a candidate’s personal details — or sometimes — a client’s. An SSL certificate is essential for any website that requires login details and personal information.

SSL certificates then are a way of ensuring that your user data remains secure — it goes without saying that if users don’t feel they can trust a recruiter with their personal data, then that recruiter will struggle to grow their standing. After all, so much of recruitment is about the personal touch and conveying information effectively and securely.
The risks of not having an SSL certificate:

You are more open to a data breach — and with it, a loss of trust from your customer base, hefty fines, or a site outage
sites without SSL certificates also rank lower when it comes to SEO 
search engines rightly see such safety as an important measure.

There are, however, many different types of certificates, providing different protections, with various requirements for each, whether that’s a domain-validated SSL or an Extended Validated SSL. Who knows, maybe a Wildcard SSL certificate is what you need?
Is your head spinning from all this tech jargon?
Well, that’s where FXRecruiter comes in. We include SSL Certificates as part of our packages. Meaning you won’t have to worry about it. Our brilliant developers will simply handle that for you. You can rest easy knowing that your client and candidate data is secure.

FXRecruiter can help grow your recruitment business in many ways, but wherever you take your business, excellent security infrastructure is always going to be vital. We have packages to suit all budgets and drive your competitive advantage forward. Simply call us on 08000 199737 or click here.
More:
We’ve talked about this for a few years now. These days SSL has moved from ‘nice to have, to ‘pretty much essential’ https://reversedelta.com/2017/01/16/site-use-https/

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Five ways to keep your agency cyber safe

By Andy Ralph   November 29, 2019  

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 sales@reversedelta.com or call UK toll free +44 (0)8000 199 737 or for calling from elsewhere +44 (0)203 682 9533.