If you’re thinking about outsourcing your development, you must be wondering how to keep your data secured.
Data breaches are a real danger that can lead to fines and damaged reputation. It's very important to understand how your data is being handled by everyone you work with. Especially when working with agencies in different countries where the laws may be different.
This article gives five tips on securing your development outsourcing. These tips include protecting your intellectual property (IP), asking about security certifications, limiting privileges, making an airtight agreement, and preventing breaches.
Protect Your Intellectual Property
Before outsourcing your development, you must be familiar with intellectual property laws. If you’re outsourcing out of your country, you also need to review the intellectual property protection laws in that country too.
Then you can discuss intellectual property policies with your selected agency. You want to make sure they understand the laws and that they follow the rules. Ask about their security measures around intellectual property protection. For example, do their employees sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA)?
The agency should be able to provide these details in-depth. If not, take it as a red flag. You can also discuss discrepancies and have your lawyer add this to your contract.
Ask for Security Certifications
Be sure to ask the agency about their security certifications and industry regulations. Having those shows that your security is a priority.
One of the best security certifications a company can get is ISO 27001. This certification makes companies go through a rigorous test to be certified. They must be recertified every three years.
Other certifications they can provide are a plus.
After looking for certifications, look to see if they meet industry regulations. They need to be compliant with all applicable regulations and should not have any penalties.
Depending on your industry, you may want to look up these regulations:
Limit Their Privileges
Never give your outsourced agency full, unlimited access to your information or data. They should receive limited, restricted access. Always monitor their activities and have your team report any suspicion.
You can give access to parts of projects at a time. Only give them access to the parts that are necessary to perform their tasks. This will help reduce the risk of your data being leaked. The fewer data that can be hacked, the better.
Make separate accounts and passwords for the agency's employees and don't allow them to change these passwords. And never give them a user role with high-administrator privileges unless it is necessary.
Be sure to make it clear that when handling your data, your agency needs to take protective measures to isolate your information from other clients. This will guarantee that your privacy is protected.
Make an Airtight Agreement
When writing up a contract, make sure to be as detailed as possible about your negotiations. Be sure to add details about your concerns over breaches and leaks. This is often overlooked.
Your data is in the agency’s hands and they must follow your security concerns and requests should be granted to make sure security is meeting the standards of both sides. They should not skimp out on security and use your guidelines as a bare minimum.
Investing in a lawyer over this agreement is recommended. Find a professional who has experience with outsourcing, development, and laws in the agency’s country.
Your agency should have the technology to prevent data exploitation. Sensitive data should be protected from being copied or emailed.
Their employees should follow the rules you set in the agreement. They should also check their outbound traffic regularly. This will help eliminate leaks.
Employees' activities should be monitored if they are suspected of a breach of contract.
Choose Right Partner
Choosing an outsourcing agency is time-consuming as it is, but you should not rush around the security of your data.
By using the tips above, you can take some steps into securing your development outsourcing and preventing future security breaches with your data.
You want to partner with an agency that has your security at the forefront of their minds. An agency that also has extensive security measures and procedures in place.
If you need extra assurance, call on CodeKeeper to help set up a secured workflow to make sure your code is compliant, encrypted and automated.
We offer an all-in-one solution for source code escrow as part of service agreements.
Your security and data are vulnerable. Make sure to take the necessary steps to protect it.