Cybersecurity is important in social media when you are using it for business purposes. For example, when you are sending out many job applications or making transactions on networking sites, there might be a risk of information being leaked which can put your company in jeopardy.
It has been seen that 7 out of 10 companies have had to face damage due to security breaches. Thus, for protecting yourself from such damage, it is important to have a cybersecurity professional on board. It is also necessary to know how you can protect yourself online, by what means are you susceptible to attacks, etc.
CyberSecurity on Social Media: An Overview
Social media has taken the world by storm. Hundreds of millions are flocking to social media sites every day, rapidly sharing their interests, thoughts, status updates, and pictures with friends, family members, co-workers, and everyone they know. But all this rapid-fire sharing comes at a price: Mass data leakage.
Unfortunately, this is nothing new – it’s been happening since the first person decided to post something on a blog. However, with the explosive growth of social media has come increased exposure for companies and agencies alike.
Qualys, a leader in vulnerability assessment software, today announced it’s partnering with Facebook to help protect organizations using the social network as part of their business. As part of the partnership, Facebook is working with Qualys to ensure organizations are getting the most effective security when it comes to Facebook, says Tom Lindeman, Senior Technology Evangelist for Cisco-Web Security at Cisco Systems. “A lot of people think they can just go ahead and download an app or browse through a website and they’re going to get instant security,” says Lindeman. “But it’s not that easy. Security needs to be implemented at the back-end, where your data – and your company – is being protected.”
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3 reasons why cybersecurity on Social media is important
The threat of data leakage
Organizations are sharing more data online, which means the threat of data leakage is more prevalent than ever before. According to a study by the Aberdeen Group, companies that share information with customers and partners via social media channels have nearly twice as many intellectual property violations as those that don’t. In addition, over half – 52 percent – of the respondents expect to see a significant increase in intellectual property loss over the next two years.
Social media sites are more vulnerable than ever before
According to Strategy Analytics, social media malware attacks increased 100-fold from 2009 and 2010 (9,000 and 450,000 respectively). In addition, spam on social media jumped 50 percent in 2010.
Mature security is needed
70 percent of employees surveyed by the Aberdeen Group said they access sensitive information via social media sites daily, either on their own or for business purposes. The same research found that 60 percent are not confident in the security of these sites – meaning it’s up to companies to put into place the right tools and training to ensure their employees are educated on the need for security when it comes to social media.
How to ensure cybersecurity on social media
Lindeman recommends three steps organizations can take to ensure they’re safe from the constant threat of data leakage on social media:
Social Media Risk Assessment –
This is where quantitative analysis meets qualitative risk analysis. Organizations need to look at their own culture and decide what type of information is being shared on social media sites, who has access and for how long.
Once these questions are answered, organizations need to make sure the follow-up procedures and tools – such as patching or policy enforcement – are in place to help protect their information assets.
Security information and event management (SIEM)
SIEM is one of the cornerstones of a modern security infrastructure that can help organizations identify when their information is at risk. “In many cases, they don’t know what’s going on with their systems,” says Lindeman.
“They may have a security team watching over things constantly, but if the tools they’re using aren’t effective or efficient, then that puts their company at risk.”
Implement a Security Information and Event Management tool
The goal of a SIEM is to provide a single point where all security monitoring, event management, and information security operations can be monitored in real-time.
This centralization allows for easier analysis, faster decision-making, and less waste when it comes to pinpointing potential threats.
Cyber Security In Network Systems
Network security is important to any system that relies on an internet connection. The ever-increasing number of successful cyber-attacks each year imposes a real challenge for network managers and users alike. Attacks are usually tailored for specific targets, aimed at taking hold of financial information or corporate espionage.
The probability that someone will try to attack the networks you are using is relatively high. Technical security measures are necessary to protect the information, but they are not sufficient by themselves. Implementing the right policies and procedures along with technical measures will maximize your network’s security.
A successful attack on your network can incur substantial downtime or worse lead to loss of valuable data. Cyber-attacks come in many different forms, some are easy to avoid while others are more sophisticated.
According to the security firm Kaspersky Lab, in 2013 there were close to 1.5 million new malware samples distributed with almost 11% of them being targeted at mobile devices. The most popular location for cybercriminals is your local coffee shop or airport hotspot, which contains free internet connections (Cisco Report, 2012).
The most common way to protect your network is
- To install a firewall between your internal or home network and the public Internet.
- Use a proxy server that acts as an intermediary between the user’s machine and the Internet.
- Install software programs that allow users to monitor their networks and devices
Intrusion Detection systems can monitor a system, alert the network manager of attacks, and stop the attack before any damage is done. Another way to detect if your system has been hacked is to use anti-virus software that actively monitors all incoming and outgoing data for patterns or code known to be associated with malware. Predictive intelligence can help find an attack before it takes place.
In order to protect your network, it is necessary to have a plan in place before the inevitable cyber-attack. There are software programs to monitor their networks and devices, but they will not guarantee security. The best way to protect your network is through education.
Network Security is often described as being composed of three components: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Confidentiality means that your data is inaccessible to those who have no business seeing it. Integrity refers to the idea that your data is safe from being modified without authorization. Availability means that a user can always access the information they request, but not necessarily delete or corrupt it (Shostack 2011).
A network “hacker” can be anyone from a curious child poking around your network to someone trying to steal information for financial gain.
How to maintain Cybersecurity in Network Systems
1. Educate your users about what they can do to protect themselves.
2. Always have a plan before you are attacked, stay flexible during an attack, and be ready to respond quickly when the incident is over.
3. Train your information technology staff so that everyone knows exactly what needs to be done if something goes wrong
How to tackle cyber-attacks and maintain Cybersecurity in Network Systems?
Security Breach Incident Response teams are professional organizations that perform audits on compromised networks to swiftly detect the problem and prevent further attacks. They have professionals who are trained in computer forensics who will collect data from the compromised network, which can then be analyzed to determine how it was hacked. The team will also develop an action plan that is used to fix the mistake and prevent reoccurrence (Government Health IT, 2015).
If a cyber-attack does take place, you will need to have a plan in place so that everyone knows what to do. In the event of a data breach notification, depending on state law, the entity responsible for reporting should have network logs and other evidence available to show how it was hacked and who did it (GovHealthIT).
An effective security policy should contain a statement of purpose and a list of policies, procedures, and guidelines. The goal is to make the network as secure as possible without creating an environment where users are afraid to use the system for fear that they will unknowingly cause damage or delete data.
To implement these policies, you should have a system administrator who is responsible for making updates and managing account privileges. Users need to be trained in proper security procedures so that they don’t accidentally take out the wrong file or delete an important email.
Network security is important because it protects your website, private information, and other networks from infiltration by hackers. The strongest protection comes through better education on the topic- giving people a much better understanding of what they are doing when they are connected to the internet. This will be effective at preventing cyber-attacks in business networks for years to come.
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