Contrast Security Champions Data Privacy Week 2023
The code security leader advocates for increased transparency within the cybersecurity space and focuses on improving data privacy practices
Los Altos, CA — January 23, 2023 — Contrast Security (Contrast), the code security platform built for developers and trusted by security, today announced that it has signed on as a Data Privacy Week 2023 Champion for the second consecutive year. Data Privacy Week, which takes place from January 22 – 28, is an international effort to empower individuals and businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.
Contrast recognizes and supports the principle that all organizations share the responsibility of being conscientious stewards of personal information, as well as promotes transparency of how data is used in today’s modern world. Its Operational Risk program is dynamic and proactive allowing the company to stay abreast of the latest changes and enhancements to the ever-evolving global compliance landscape. Contrast has implemented practical and sound administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect against unauthorized access, use, modification and disclosure of this information. It is a responsibility that is taken seriously, and strong internal controls have been put in place to manage change management and employee accountability.
"It is incredibly important for us to recognize Data Privacy Week and support the National Cybersecurity Alliance’s initiative because many consumers are unaware of the sheer volume of data that is generated about them online and how vulnerable they could be. It is that exact reason why I believe it is a human right to know what and how each individual’s data is being used and stored," said Sharron Reed Gavin, Vice President of Operational Risk And Data Privacy Officer at Contrast Security. "The time is now to demand industry-wide transparency and Contrast will continue to help advocate for proper safeguarding of data.”
The goal of Data Privacy Week is to spread awareness about online privacy among individuals and organizations. The goal is twofold: to help individuals understand that they have the power to manage their data and to help organizations understand why it is important that they respect their users' data.
The National Cybersecurity Alliance has offered up the following themes to help guide individuals and businesses to better data privacy practices:
Data: The Story of the Consumer
All online activity generates a trail of data. Websites, apps, and services collect data on an individual’s behaviors, interests, and purchases. Sometimes, this includes personal data, like social security and driver's license numbers. It can even include data about physical self, like health data.
While it's true that consumers cannot control how each byte of data about them and their family is shared and processed, consumers are not helpless! In many cases, an individual can control how they share their data with a few simple steps.
For Businesses: Respect Privacy
Respecting the privacy of a company’s customers, staff, and all other stakeholders is critical for inspiring trust and enhancing reputation. According to the Pew Research Center, 79% of U.S. adults report being concerned about the way their data is being used by companies. By being open about how the company uses data and respects privacy, they can stand out from competition.
Be transparent about how the company collects, uses, and shares consumers’ personal information. Think about how the consumer may expect their data to be used. Design settings to protect their information by default. Communicate clearly and concisely to the public what privacy means to the organization, as well as the steps it takes to achieve and maintain privacy.
In honor of Data Privacy Week, Contrast’s latest Code Patrol podcast dives into a discussion with Geoff Lane, head of U.S. policy at Developers Alliance, on the progress being made towards a more transparent, data-driven industry — and how that transparency is essential to both consumer trust and to keeping governments from flooding the industry with regulation.
For more information about Contrast's privacy initiatives, visit https://www.contrastsecurity.com/privacy-matters. You can also follow and use the official hashtags #DataPrivacyWeek and #BeCyberSmart on social media throughout the week.
About Data Privacy Week:
Data Privacy Week began as Data Privacy Day in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the Jan. 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. NCA, the nation's leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness, leads the effort in North America each year. For more information, visit https://staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-week/.
About National Cybersecurity Alliance:
The National Cybersecurity Alliance is a non-profit organization on a mission to create a more secure, interconnected world. We advocate for the safe use of all technology and educate everyone on how best to protect ourselves, our families, and our organizations from cybercrime. We create strong partnerships between governments and corporations to amplify our message and to foster a greater “digital” good. National Cybersecurity Alliance’s core efforts include Cybersecurity Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Week (Jan. 24-28th); and CyberSecure My Business™, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks. For more information, please visit https://staysafeonline.org.
About Contrast Security (Contrast):
A world leading code security platform company purposely built for developers to get secure code moving swiftly and trusted by security teams to protect business applications. Developers, security and operations teams quickly secure code across the complete software development life cycle (SDLC) with Contrast to protect against today’s targeted application security (AppSec) attacks. Contrast also makes security testing available to all developers for free with CodeSec.
Founded in 2014 by cybersecurity industry veterans, Contrast was established to replace legacy AppSec solutions that cannot protect modern enterprises. With today’s pressures to develop business applications at increasingly rapid paces, the Contrast Secure Code Platform defends and protects against full classes of common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs). This allows security teams to avoid spending time on focusing false positives and remediate true vulnerabilities faster. Contrast’s platform solutions for code assessment, testing, protection, serverless, supply chain, APIs and languages help enterprises achieve true DevSecOps transformation and compliance.
Contrast protects against major cybersecurity attacks for its customer base which represents some of the largest brand-name companies in the world, including BMW, AXA, Zurich, NTT, SOMPO Japan and American Red Cross, as well as numerous other leading global Fortune 500 enterprises. Contrast partners with global organizations such as AWS, Microsoft, IBM Cloud, Guidepoint, Trace3, Deloitte and Carahsoft, to seamlessly integrate and achieve the highest level of security for customers.
The growing demand for the world’s only platform for code security has landed the company on some of the most prestigious lists including the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies and has designated Contrast as one of the fastest growing companies on the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 List.
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