Louise and I were e-mailed the following Infographic from Creditsesame which appeared in Tech Republic this week, by our colleague Bernard. It considers the risks to our homes from criminals on Social Network Sites. An interview with 50 burglars revealed a staggering 78% use Social Networking Sites to find out information about their targets!
What struck me about this was how much information we readily give away on social network sites on a daily basis; perhaps sometimes without considering how the information could be used by a criminal. An innocent comment about staying with relatives over Christmas, tells people your house will be empty during the festive period, a picture of your shiny new 50” Plasma TV, shows the unscrupulous what tasty wares can be picked up chez nous. Just add a link to your house on Google Maps and we have a burglar’s invite.
The infographic, from Creditsesame, offers the following practical tips to protect your home:
We can all relate to protecting our homes, it affects us on a deep personal level. In the same way, we are becoming more aware of the dangers of identity fraud occurring on social network sites by revealing Personally Identifiable Information (PII), through our innocent on-line conversations. “Happy 30th Birthday everyone” instantly reveals your date of birth, “took Snoopy to the vet yesterday” and you let people know your pet’s name. The social network sharing culture will hopefully tighten up as people become more aware of the dangers through awareness campaigns such as this.
So, how do we apply this information to the workplace? How do we raise awareness of best practise infosec at the organisation level. How do we ultimately change the culture to that of vigilance and accountability? Well, perhaps if we start by delivering personal best practise Information Security messages to staff. Maybe using the market leading policy management software. By educating people to protect themselves outside the organisation from the bad guys, they will surely be better equipped to protect your company from cybercriminals?
You can download Free Social Network Information Security Posters from our website. Contact me directly if you would like to order personally branded copies for your organisation:l firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Lynn Jennings on 02079179527. Or follow us on Twitter @metacompliance.
Check out the following video by Louise Baxter on Top Tips to Practice Safe Social Networking.