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9/29/2020
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Pam Baker
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Securing Slack: 5 Tips for Safer Messaging, Collaboration

Remote workers and scattered teams are relying on Slack more and more for messaging and collaboration. Here are a few extra tips for keeping data and systems more secure when using Slack.

Consider Buying the Enterprise Version

"The reality is you get what you pay for, and Slack's top-level Enterprise Grid offers a wealth of features to help secure your communications," says Kent Blackwell, threat and vulnerability assessment manager at Schellman & Company.

Features available at the enterprise level include single sign-on, integration with data loss prevention and enterprise mobility management tools, and -- as an add-on -- enterprise encryption key management. It also has FedRAMP moderate authorization and supports HIPAA compliance.

"All of these items help reduce the attack surface and offer more granular control over the security settings for Slack's users. The key here, though, is just buying the services isn't enough," Blackwell added. "Implementation and fine-tuning of each of these features is what will provide true security improvements."

A prolific writer and analyst, Pam Baker's published work appears in many leading publications. She's also the author of several books, the most recent of which is "Data Divination: Big Data Strategies." Baker is also a popular speaker at technology conferences and a member ... View Full Bio
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