For more than a decade, cyber
criminals have launched countless attacks on banks’ online infrastructure,
successfully one-upping security professionals and their clients by creating
viruses that bypass existing security measures.
In response, computer
security companies have continuously updated their technologies to address new
However, one major variable
that technology cannot control is the human element. Sure, many of existing
computer security technologies help protect consumers, banks and small
businesses from human errors like accidentally downloading a virus, or social
engineering tricks designed to fool targets into clicking infected links, by
warning users about potentially dangerous webpages and phishing emails. But no
from exposing all their lives’ details on social media websites.
When internet criminals
target an organization, they start by looking for vulnerabilities in the
network’s infrastructure. Beyond that, they target a business’s employees and
customers by using information freely provided on the corporate site and collected through
they have gathered enough information about a target, hackers use that data to
circumvent all the IT security technologies meant to protect users. Below are some
things you can do as a small business owner to reduce your social media
Implement IT Security
media is a great platform for connecting with existing and potential clients.
However, without some type of policy in place that regulates employee access and guidelines for appropriate
behavior, social media may eventually be completely banned from every corporate
network. Teach effective use by provide training on proper use and especially
what not do too.
Train IT Personnel.
security policies begin from the top down. Those responsible for managing
technology need to be fully up to speed with social media security risks.
Maintain Updated IT Security.
Whether hardware or
software, anti-virus or critical IT security patches make sure your business
network is up to date.
Lock Down Online Privacy Settings.
networks have privacy settings that need to be administered to the highest
level. Default settings generally leave your computer security wide open for
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