Addressing Social Media Security Risks

On Public CIO, Cindy Walker discusses the debate over social media security risks:

But while social media can be used to warn citizens of an approaching tornado, another storm is brewing around government’s use of social media and the potential security risks. Phishing scams that convince users to perform a task that launches a malware attack and unwitting employees who reveal state secrets on their personal blogs are just a few ways social media presents enormous security risks.

“If you make social media available to hundreds of public employees, you have acceptable use issues, people having to be sensitive to what should be public information and what should not be, and people speaking on behalf of their agencies when they shouldn’t,” said Charles Robb, a senior policy analyst at NASCIO. “Plus, you’ve opened up a whole new point of entry into your network.”

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