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Privacy and Accountability - Essential in a Corporate World

07/05/2017 by John Bailie

The term 'Cybercrime' has developed over the last number of years. From previously being an 'IT' issue, the threat of cybercrime is now one handled in the C-Suite board room, with the notion that 'it won't happen to me' vanishing. The importance of technology in everyday life is clearly evident, but in order for users to remain safe online, businesses in particular need technology which respects the high levels of security and accountability required to protect business critical data and brand sensitive customer data from falling into the wrong hands.

When deciding on which new technologies to use for important business communications, organisations or users need to ensure that they fully understand the privacy policies of the technology vendor before sharing their information.

For users of a "secure" communications solution, who may be sharing confidential information through text, call or file transfer; privacy essentials may include:

  • Insurance that there's no 'Backdoor'

Recent Wikileaks reports had claimed that there were a number of 'Backdoors' included within applications that advertised their ability to encrypt mobile communications. Users need to ensure that this is not the case and that their method of communications remain private. SaltDNA offers full control over encrypted mobile communications and because we use easily verifiable open source libraries we guarantee that there is no BACKDOOR to users' conversations.

  • Encryption which can't be hacked

With the increasing awareness of cybercrime and high profile hackings it is key that users are confident in a technology's ability to withstand an attempted cyber attack and protect private information. Ethical hackers recommend carrying out regular penetration tests on new and old technology to ensure that privacy claims stack up. SaltDNA's secure communications solution is regularly independently penetration tested and we openly invite and assist organisations to carry out 'pen tests' to prove that our system is implemented as we claim, using the highest grade open source encryption technologies. If you're interested in the details of how we do it feel free to dig in: https://www.saltdna.com/contact.php.

  • Understanding of how Metadata is used

Technology vendors must offer users full control over which metadata is retained and how metadata is stored. It's admirable that WhatsApp are open and transparent about the fact that they share information. Beware of those companies who privately host BES instances and call them secure when they could be potentially siphoning off sensitive communication data or even selling records of your communications to the highest bidder.
SaltDNA removes this risk completely. It allows the customer to enforce the settings for the system when it is set up. For those who have a particularly high need for control, SaltDNA offers the option to own and COMPLETELY control your own secure communications network.

Regardless of how you choose to deploy the system we allow users to 'burn' information from their device and all recipients devices too. This means sensitive information can be removed from every device globally by any user at any time for complete privacy. These messages CANNOT BE RECALLED, and users have the confidence that the message and the metadata are purged completely.

Users also need to be confident that their information won't be sold to the 'highest bidder'. A 'Third Party Disclosure' is an essential part of any Privacy Policy. SaltDNA's statement on third party disclosure is clear and unequivocal.
Our business is protecting your private business.

Read SaltDNA's full Privacy Policy on our website: https://www.saltdna.com/privacy.php

To avail of a free trial of the SaltDNA secure communications solution, or to discuss a potential partnership, contact the team on info@saltdna.com.


About SaltDNA

SaltDNA, ranked in the top half in the Cybersecurity 500, provides a fully enterprise-managed software solution that enables absolute privacy in mobile communications. It is easy to deploy and uses multi-layered encryption techniques to meet the highest of security standards. The SaltDNA Desktop and Mobile apps are intuitive and easy to install and use. The SaltDNA Communication Manager provides a console for tight management of users and can be configured for the management of regulatory compliance. SaltDNA is headquartered in Belfast, Ireland, for more information visit www.saltdna.com.

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