Why is secure MT needed when handling sensitive or confidential information?
IT security breaches happens every day and everywhere in businesses. Why? The need to translate text occurs daily for some, and in such cases it is easy, fast and, above all, free to use web-based translation tools. IT security breaches often happen unconsciously and in good faith. However, once your employees have entered confidential information into free web-based machine translation tools, you have a problem. Once the data is pasted into an online translation tool, you are exposing your data to the world – it’s basically up for grabs for anyone.
That’s what the Norwegian multinational oil and gas company, Statoil experienced when, without knowing it, discovered it had leaked confidential information due to its use of free web-based translation tools. The confidential information was just a search term away on any search engine. You don’t want to be put in the same situation, for both your own company’s and your customers’ sake. Read more about the potential dangers of using unsecure web-based translation tools.