It can safely be estimated that there’s not been a week in 2016 when a fresh cyber security news story hasn’t been released – whether we’ve read about an organizational data breach, top tips on how to secure your company from threat or email hacking prevention advice, the conversation has certainly peaked. What has been less talked about however, is the threat that social media sites also pose to businesses.  A recent article from ZDNET has looked into this and by the end of the discussion, you’ll surely agree that employers should be just as aware of social media security threats as phishing emails from counterfeit banking groups.

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The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report analyses trends in software vulnerabilities and malware between June and December 2015. Researches have warned that whilst “financial institutions offer cybercriminals the biggest bounty from successful phishing campaigns”, fake versions of social website such as Facebook, eBay or Amazon are in fact far more prevalent across the internet. Surely then, organizations should be fully aware of this fact with IT departments primed to spot such imitation websites? User awareness training is widely available to offer businesses the chance to instil an optimum level of awareness in employees, but is focus on social media and the presence of artificial replications of well know sites? Some 91% of Generation & students and workers believe the age of privacy is over, according to the Cisco’s 2014 Connected World Technology Report – this number will certainly have only grown since then.

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“More Generation Y workers globally said they feel more comfortable sharing personal information with retail sites than with their own employers’ IT departments,” says Cisco. This certainly doesn’t align with the majority of internal business concerns over sharing commercially sensitive information through social media, and potentially strengthens understanding behind why this is becoming even more of an issue over time – assuming the increasing number of Generation Y employees in the workplace are having a direct impact on such issues.

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Data in Microsoft’s original report conveys a clear spike in the volume of phishing websites in existence between August and October last year, in direct relation to a WordPress bug that was spreading across the internet. Due to the high volume of phishing emails that are sent and received each year, individuals are far more in tune with the security risks they pose. With large brand names such as Facebook, Amazon and eBay, employees are far less likely to question authenticity if a phishing attack was taking place from one of these domains – highlighting the importance of employee education once again.

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