TikTok, an application owned by Bejing-based ByteDance, is under U.S. government scrutiny, as concerns arise around the safety of user data and possible information distribution to the Chinese Communist Party. Donald Trump recently issued orders banning TikTok from operating in the United States if it is not sold by its parent company.
While domestic technology giants such as Facebook and Google have long been similarly scrutinized, the tenor of recent condemnations have struck protective and nationalistic tones that mark a new approach from the State Department regarding foreign technology.
What is there to know?
Cybersecurity experts are quick to point out that TikTok is not the exception to the rule, but instead practices the same arguably predatory behaviors that drive advertising and marketing, while potentially enabling acts of cybercrime and corporate espionage. The danger lies in the access permissions users consent to when using an application and the potential exploitation of having multiple devices interconnected over a network.
The U.S. Government and many large corporations combat this by having strict security procedures in place, often forbidding the use of personal technology on or near work premises. Applications like TikTok may track location data or other information that may be potentially harmful in the wrong hands, so many organizations and government entities opt to restrict employee access.
Assessing your Cybersecurity Risk Management Program
While the U.S. Government continues to assess and respond to Cybersecurity threats from abroad, it is important to periodically evaluate your company’s Cybersecurity Risk Management Program. Boulay provides SOC for Cybersecurity assessments and other Risk Advisory Consulting services to help you ensure the safety of your company’s sensitive and confidential information.
Please contact Boulay’s Risk Advisory team for more information on the SOC for Cybersecurity assessment or other Cybersecurity risk management services.