Social Media Security

Do you know Social Media enabled cybercrimes to generate 3.25 + billion dollars per year globally?  Cybercriminals are relying on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and other legitimate social media and messaging platforms to communicate with each other and sell stolen identities, credit card numbers and other ill-gotten gains.

What is Social Media Security?

Social Media Security is the process of analyzing dynamic social media data in order to protect against security and business threats.

What are the top cybersecurity threats from social media?

  • Yourself: You and your employees post business and personal information in your Social Media Accounts. Hackers can use the information available on most social media accounts to impersonate employees, and then gain access to a restricted database or network.
  • Phishing: Cybercriminals can use social media to obtain users’ sensitive data and have them click on malicious links.
  • Malware: Cybercriminals can use social media to distribute malware through links, messages, and posts.
  • Spam: As email platforms become more secure, social media has become a good alternative. A spammer can create a fake account that they can use to start a spam campaign, then hack into an actual account and hijack it to spread its messages and posts.

Why your organization needs social media security strategy?

When hackers target an organization, they have many different means of attack. Usually, they start by looking for vulnerabilities in the network's infrastructure. If that doesn’t work, however, they might turn to the company’s social media accounts, or target employees and customers by using information freely provided on the corporate site and personal social media pages. Yet despite its role in an increasing number of phishing and other social engineering attacks. Social media security threats don’t usually get the attention of professionals that they warrant.

How to manage social media security risks?

  • Develop a Social Media Policy
  • Secure Control of Your Brand Name
  • Train your staff on social media security best practices
  • Limit social media access at the workplace
  • Set up a system of approvals for social posts
  • Monitor your accounts and engage in social listening
  • Use a strong password and use a different password for each of your social media accounts.
  • Perform a regular audit

How to develop a Social Media Policy?

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About the Author: Michael Takacs

Michael Takacs is the CEO and co-founder of MJJT Consultants. Mr. Takacs is a certified CSXP (Cyber Security Nexus Practitioner) which endorses him to build, test, and display his ability to be an in-demand cyber security first responder. Mr. Takacs also holds multiple technical certifications from Barracuda Network, VMware, and 3CX, and is a member of ISACA.