[ISN] Social Networking Here To Stay Despite Security Risks

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 03:02:09 -0500 (CDT)

By Paul McDougall 
May 12, 2011

Companies need to accept that employees will spend at least part of 
their day on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In, and 
need to adopt strategies and policies to manage and secure such activity 
rather than attempting to outlaw it, an expert who spoke Thursday at the 
Interop IT Conference and Expo in Las Vegas said.

"The question isn’t whether to block or not to block" said Ben Rothke, 
senior security consultant with British Telecom. “Blocking simply won’t 
work,” said Rothke, who noted that even conservative organizations, such 
as Boeing, have adopted Web 2.0 technologies as part of their marketing 
and communications strategies.

To boot, Fortune 500 companies like General Motors are driven millions 
of dollars in incremental sales through their Twitter and Facebook 
accounts. But as valuable as social media can be, it also presents 
security risks. "You have to get in front of the wave, learn what the 
challenges are and what information may be at risk," said Rothke.

One of the biggest risks that social networking poses to organizations 
is that employees may be exposing information that's not meant for 
public consumption, especially in highly regulated environments like 
banking and healthcare, in industries that rely heavily on proprietary 
research and development, or even in the military.


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