How to protect chatbot data and user privacy

“Employees and customers often enter sensitive information during chatbot sessions, but you can minimize chatbot security and privacy risks.

Are chatbots your next big data vulnerability?

Yes, chatbots, those little add-ons to Slack and other messaging apps that answer basic HR questions, conduct company-wide polls, or get information from customers before connecting them to a person, pose a security risk.

Because of the way we buy bots, Rob May, CEO of chatbot vendor Talla, says the IT industry is heading toward a data security crisis. “In the early days of SaaS [software as a service],” he explains, software “was sold as, ‘Hey, marketing department, guess what? IT doesn’t have to sign off, you just need a web browser,’ and IT thought that was fine until one day your whole company was SaaS.”

Suddenly, critical operations were managed by platforms bought without any user or data management best practices in place. To head off similar data vulnerability from chatbots, May recommends streamlining bot purchasing and implementation now.

Unfortunately, employees might already be using chatbots to share salary information, health insurance details, and similar data. So what steps can IT can take now to keep that data safe? How do you stop this vulnerability before it starts? What other questions should you be asking?”

Source: How to protect chatbot data and user privacy

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Author: Joanie Mann

Joanie Mann has over 30 years experience in network integration and consulting, advanced network design, application virtualization and delivery, and voice and data systems integration. The past 16 years has been a focus on the development of internet-based software hosting and services for the small business market. As the principal consultant for Cooper Mann Consulting Group, Joanie offers support and guidance for businesses seeking to implement cloud solutions and hosted services in their IT environments, and works with commercial service providers to develop or expand application hosting and application delivery service offerings. Joanie Mann is a recognized authority in the areas of business cloud enablement and application service delivery, providing consulting support for developers bringing their applications online and to cloud service companies desiring to develop or expand partner and independent software vendor relationships. Her extensive work with accounting and business professionals worldwide has also positioned her as an expert consultant and adviser to businesses seeking to implement cloud solutions and embrace digital business transformation. Principal consultant at Cooper Mann Company CooperMann.com @JoanieMann on twitter