One of Scotland’s largest online job boards has taken unique steps to ensure the safety of details supplied by candidates uploading CVs in the wake of recent attacks to other high profile websites.
Aberdeen-based Jobsinscotland.com also has an office in Edinburgh and encompasses a suite of seven regional and specialist sites. They are headed by employment expert Laura Barker. Jobsinscotland.com is populated with a wide range of positions across Scotland and includes vacancies from some of the country’s leading businesses and recruitment agencies making it one of the leading recruitment sites.
And in a bid to increase protection of users, Laura and her team have taken the unique step of removing the address fields requested on registration. They are also advising users that defining information such as full address, post code and date of birth is removed from any CV uploaded to the site.
Commenting on the ongoing global threat to personal information, Laura Barker said: “For all job sites that hold an individual’s data, the threat of being hacked for identity theft is very real and on the increase.
“People all over the world are continually creating software programmes to attack servers that hold high volumes of data and no job board is immune from these attacks, regardless of how big they are or the security measures they put in place.
“JobsinScotland.com servers are targeted daily with in excess of 20 attempted attacks by programmed 'bots’. Our security measures are monitored and added too daily ensuring that we have the strongest anti-hack systems in place to prevent a successful breach.
“Our measures mean that, even if a determined hacker is successful, it is unlikely that any data they steal would be of any use or benefit to them. For example ‘L. Barker, Aberdeen’ is too little to enable someone to, for example, apply for a fraudulent credit card, loan or bank account.