Securing social media: the debate continues

Social Media has so much to offer businesses in terms of interacting with existing and potential customers, but despite all the advantages, there are possible drawbacks such as loss of productivity, loss of reputation, legal liability, malware infection and data loss.

Many businesses are looking for ways to balance the good with the bad and debating what approach to take, unsure whether to block access to social media, restrict by department or allow access while monitoring employee content.

IT professionals are warning that hackers have already embraced the concept of social networks to use old social engineering techniques in new ways to steal system credentials to gain access to corporate IT systems.

The challenge facing many businesses is coming up with the right combination of technological security controls and social media policy, but in the absence of any tried and tested solutions, there is still much debate around what is best practice for securing social networks in the business context.

Join in the interactive debate on the issues around securing social media at the SpeakUp Live event in London on 8 June.

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