Ensuring Data Security in Slack

This post was originally published here by Sophia Zheng.

Slack is becoming one of the most popular workplace collaboration tools, making the security of the data on the application absolutely vital for the companies that utilize it. Every day, Slack users send countless messages and files to each other, and many companies lack the resources to constantly monitor those exchanges. With Slack’s private channels and direct messaging capabilities, IT admins may not even have visibility over what information is being shared – this poses great risk for the security of the data. Employees are able to share files with each other that could include personally identifiable information (PII), internal plans or documentation, or other sensitive data over which companies should have full visibility and control. 


Bitglass’ cloud access security broker (CASB) can help secure the data in Slack not only by providing access controls for how and when users can access the application, but also by providing visibility and control over how data is shared within Slack. With Bitglass’ CASB, organizations have the ability to see who is sharing sensitive data, what type of data is being shared, and where the data has already been shared. If the information should not be shared, organizations can set up policies that can hide data in messages and files as needed. 

Bitglass’ solution is agentless, which means that organizations can have visibility and control over their data without installing agents onto employee devices. With more and more organizations enabling bring your own device (BYOD), whereby employees perform their work from their personal devices, Bitglass’ CASB can help you prevent data leakage in Slack from any device, anywhere. 



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