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Confidential Fields Use Cases: Who benefits from using the app?
We built the Confidential Fields app to resolve typical company requirements when using Jira Cloud.Dec 14, 2022
Companies of all sizes and industries manage sensitive information, including employee, user or customer data. Companies that keep their data in the cloud are required to do this with extra care and comply with existing data privacy laws.
The following article outlines the terminology of data protection and lists the different security measures that companies should consider.
The term “sensitive data” refers to any information that could be used to identify or harm an individual or organization if it was accessed or disclosed without authorization. Sensitive data generally includes any information that is considered confidential, personal, or private, such as:
All sensitive information must be protected from third-party access using appropriate security measures.
Managing sensitive information has its compliance requirements. Different countries and regions have their own regulations regarding user data, also known as customer data. Here are a few examples:
Protecting sensitive information, including business secrets and other important data, is critical for companies. Ensuring compliance with these regulations and laws involves implementing data security policies and software solutions. Here are some of the most important ones you might want to implement.
Encryption is a method for securing data through cryptography in a way that can only be read by authorized users who have the keys to decrypt it.
For this reason, key management is vital for the security of encryption. Keys must be properly managed and stored securely. Choose encryption methods that are strong and up-to-date (like AES 256) so they cannot be bypassed with methods such as brute-force attacks.
Encryption prevents unauthorized access to sensitive information, even if the data is intercepted or stolen. This is important both in transit (being sent over a network) and at rest (stored on a device or server).
By implementing strict access controls, companies should ensure that only authorized people can access sensitive data. They can use access levels to limit access to sensitive information to only those who need it. They should also ensure that all users are properly authenticated before they can access any data.
Data backup provides a way to recover from any data loss or corruption. Regular data backups can help organizations avoid data loss or downtime due to hardware failure, natural disasters, or other unexpected events.
Backups should be stored securely off-site or in the cloud to ensure that data can be recovered even if the primary location is inaccessible. Similarly, an organization should set up a backup strategy based on the type and amount of data, the frequency of data changes, and the amount of time and resources available for backup and recovery. Additionally, backup data should be regularly tested to ensure it is accessible and not corrupted.
An incident response plan (IRP) provides a framework for responding to security incidents and data breaches. IRPs should outline the steps to be taken, including the roles and responsibilities of different individuals and teams. This can help ensure a prompt and effective response to minimize the damage caused.
An Incident response plan should be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that it remains relevant and effective in the face of changing threats and technologies. It should be tested through tabletop exercises or simulated incidents to ensure that all parties understand their roles and responsibilities and that the plan is effective in practice. Finally, incident response plans should be reviewed and updated after each security incident to identify areas for improvement.
Companies should help employees understand the importance of data security and data protection. Employees must know the policies and procedures to protect sensitive information in practice. Security awareness training can include information about the types of sensitive information, the risks associated with handling this information, and how employees can protect it.
Effective security awareness training should be regularly provided to all employees, including new hires, and should be updated to reflect changes in technology, laws, and regulations. Awareness training can take various forms, including online training modules, in-person training sessions, and ongoing communications to keep employees informed and up-to-date.
Regular security assessments help organizations identify and address vulnerabilities in their systems and processes. Security assessments can take various forms, including internal audits, penetration testing, and vulnerability scanning. These security assessments should be performed by qualified and experienced personnel using recognized industry standards and guidelines.
Assessments should be performed regularly to ensure that the organization stays ahead of emerging threats. Moreover, the results of security assessments should be used to update the organization’s security policies and procedures.
Another way to enhance data security and access control is by using virtual private networks (VPNs)—especially for remote teams. VPNs are a reliable way of securing a company’s network and data. A good VPN can help companies secure their data while they are on the move, as well as protect their data against cyberattacks. Using a VPN can help protect sensitive data when accessing cloud services and applications by encrypting the traffic between the employee’s device and the cloud provider’s servers.
Security software updates fix known vulnerabilities, hence improving the security of systems and applications. Keeping software updated keeps attackers at bay since these often target vulnerabilities in outdated software to gain access to sensitive information.
Software updates may include patches, new features, and performance improvements. As such, organizations should have a process in place for regularly updating software. This includes:
Companies and industries relying on the cloud for data management must manage (save, handle and access) sensitive user and customer data responsibly. To do so, they need to understand and comply with different regulations and laws. By encrypting data and implementing various data security policies, companies can help protect sensitive data from unauthorized access and data breaches.
💡 If your company uses Jira Cloud to handle sensitive data (employee, customer or confidential company data), bitvoodoo recommends using their app Confidential Fields with Data Residency for Jira. This app makes sure that data in custom fields is fully encrypted and protected from unauthorized access. It also allows storing confidential field data in the data residency of your choice.
❓If you want to know more about the app, please contact our support, or schedule a call with Mattia, our Product Manager.