The world that we are now living in is dramatically different to the one of just a few years ago, and the dominance of social media is continuing to grow. It has provided many benefits to our lives, and has allowed us to connect with people all over the globe in new ways.
This has presented brilliant new business opportunities for companies all over the globe, but it also means that there are a new range of threats to the security of your network. We’ve examined these in more detail below, and looked at how you can protect yourself against them.
What are some of the threats of social media?
One of the biggest problems with social media is employee naivety. Many employees are still unaware of exactly what they can and can’t say while online, and this can lead to the accidental divulging of sensitive business information.
This employee naivety can stretch further, by clicking on bad or harmful links while on the platform. It’s hard to police against these kinds of attacks, and scammers have become more and more savvy when it comes to tricking the everyday man and woman.
How can you protect against this?
As the internet, and social media alongside it, continues to grow, it’s important to take the right steps to protect against the risks presented by these platforms. We’re not listing social media as bad, because it’s opened up many new doors for people, but it is still a platform that requires a certain sense of awareness.
One of the first steps that you’ll want to take is ensuring that you have a robust IT network in place. While this is more focused around the internal setup of your system, a well-connected network will be one that offers security measures for both online and offline functions. Using the implementation of the latest security measures, it will ensure that you have network security and support around the clock.
Once you have the secure framework of your network in place, you can then turn your attention to focus specifically on the internet and social media. The best way to do this is through a managed web security services package. There are a number of ways that this can stop social media compromising your network:
- Managed web protection offers a robust security system to protect your infrastructure from any malware, adware, phishing or other attacks that may have come from links on social media
- You can apply time-based browsing rules and web content filters to keep employees off certain websites
- You can further boost this by implementing common-sense website browsing policies.
Securing your network against future attacks
The threats from the online world will continue to evolve and grow, and it’s important to safeguard yourself against this. We offer a collaborative approach to all of our clients, running comprehensive IT audits on your systems and offering recommendations based around this. If you would like to find out more about how we can protect you from social media threats, and other attacks, please call 0121 573 0081 or get in touch with us here.
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