Leading Universities Rely on Handshake to Protect and Secure the Student Experience

Over 400 career centers trust us to safeguard students throughout their career search

Students Control Their Own Data

From the first time they sign on, your students have control of their own data - deciding what types of information to share with employers and when to share it. Simple, clear settings give students full control over which aspects of their profile are visible to your approved employers, and students can easily opt in or out of sharing any of their personal information with employers at any time.


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Full FERPA Compliance

Handshake is always fully FERPA compliant - because we always give your students full control over how and when to share their own data. We partner with leading privacy experts and security firms to lead the industry in responsible data stewardship, and employers who work with Handshake have also agreed to protect student data in compliance with all applicable laws and best practices.

Handshake Provides Career Centers With Peace of Mind Our unique employer screening technology helps keep your network safe

We take careful measures to keep student data safe, helping to lead the industry in continuous employer screening, data encryption, and full student control.

Industry First "Employer Trust Score"

To help you mitigate the constant threat of fraudulent employers, Handshake designed and built the first “Employer Trust Score” in the career services space. This Trust Score uses a powerful two-part validation system designed to identify and eliminate fraudulent employers and contacts before they join your network, making it easy to protect your students as they explore the job market.

An Active Community of Experts

Handshake makes it easy to see how many of your colleagues at other Handshake-enabled universities have approved or rejected each company, letting you join the largest active network of post-collegiate employment experts in the country. Lean on your colleagues around the country as they work to protect students, identifying and removing any fraudulent employers and contacts as a powerful collaborative team.

Industry-Leading Security Infrastructure

Handshake uses top-of-the-line security infrastructure at the software and network levels, to ensure that student data is always encrypted at rest, responsibly stored, and transmitted securely. This includes the use of TLS/SSL protocols, 256-bit AES data encryption, API call-level authentication, and modern DDoS mitigation controls.


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Rigorous External Audits and Reviews

Handshake participates in extensive security audits and external code reviews, working with top security firms from the financial services and healthcare industries. Our production infrastructure complies with the following standards, among others: ISO 27001, SOC 1, SOC 2, SSAE 16, ISAE 4302, PCI Level 1, FISMA, and Sarbanes-Oxley.

Secure Single Sign-On

Handshake supports modern single sign-on (SSO) options, to ensure your students can enjoy safe, simple access to the platform from any secure identity or device. Our authentication process supports the following SSO protocols, among others: SAML, SAML 2.0, Shibboleth, LDAP, CAS, and TFA.

Security Comes Standard

Handshake’s secure single sign-on, full encryption at rest, and encrypted data transfer solutions are all included in the flat price of subscription, ensuring that universities never have to choose between funding and security. Handshake is the only career services management platform in the industry that offers all of these best-in-class security services at no additional charge.