Safety and Privacy: The SkySlope System

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Published By: Dan Trujillo
February 19, 2020

| Topic: Blog,Digital Transaction Management

It’s a scary world out there

Your safety and privacy are often in question when browsing the internet. The web can be a risky place to conduct business, share private information, purchase goods, etc. Have you ever been shopping for shoes, and later, you notice an ad for similar shoes pop up on an unrelated website? It can feel a little creepy. That’s just targeted marketing, but it begs the question of how certain you are that your data is safe and secure? An estimated $2 trillion was reported in losses across the globe due to cybercrimes in 2019. This is why it’s important to ensure that everyone who uses SkySlope trusts that their data is protected. Whether you’re averse to technology or have a degree in computer science, consider this post a breakdown of what keeps SkySlope so trusted.

SkySlope and Amazon

You’ve probably heard of Amazon. If you’ve ever purchased anything from Amazon, you’ve had to enter your credit card information and your address. SkySlope uses the same security systems as Amazon for data storage. Our app maintains all production systems inside Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Cloud Computing Platform. Think of AWS as the big brother of the SkySlope platform; AWS makes sure bullies can’t get to us or any of the data on our platform.

Your Data is Secure

You may have noticed most website addresses start with HTTPS. The S at the end is the important part because it means that the website is encrypted. An encrypted website provides an SSL certificate which proves the authenticity of the software to your browser. This encryption protects information entered into the site so your data is completely hidden. If a cybercriminal attempted to intercept the data, they wouldn’t be able to read it or do anything with it.

We enable HTTPS on all HTTP connections, regardless if they need it, using the SHA2/SHA-256 hashing algorithm. Huh? A cryptographic hash function is a mathematical algorithm that makes sure all the data that is sent and received between you and the website you are visiting is secure and encrypted. Meaning, if you are logging in to https://yourbank.com, you are in fact connected to your bank’s authentic website and not an imposter. Cryptographic hashes are the backbone of almost every digital authentication and integrity process. Furthermore, any reputable online service today already utilizes the industry-standard SHA2, the same as us.

Safety inside and out

We protect you from both external as well as internal threats. Access to production servers and databases in AWS must utilize an MFA (multi-factor authentication) protected VPN (virtual private networks) with encryption enabled. To prevent any chance of malicious activity or even just accidents, we only allow access to real customer data via strict security groups, VPNs, and MFAs. We also enforce strict role-based access, meaning only critical need-to-know team members can access SkySlope’s production environment. We keep every production environment at SkySlope isolated from the rest. This means someone from a non-engineering department won’t be able to easily find their way into your sensitive data.

You can trust us

What a mouthful! As detailed as that was, we have only scratched the surface. We could go further but the purpose of this article is to give an overview of what puts SkySlope on par with other sites you already trust.

By 2027, global spending on cybersecurity will reach an estimated $10 billion. Rest assured SkySlope will be a part of that spending as we continue to take our user safety and privacy very seriously. Because the internet can be a scary place, but we work hard to ensure that you’re safe with SkySlope.

To learn more about how SkySlope guarantees your safety, check out this article here, where we discuss the protection that comes in the contract.

If you have any questions, you’re welcome to reach out to our 24/7 software support team at any time.

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