Learning to Live with Social Networks: Risks and Rewards

On-line social networking changed how organizations interact with their customers and how individuals communicate with each other. It also introduced a number of risks that concern organizations and individuals who participate in social networking.

I put together a presentation that explores key risks associated with on-line social networking. It also discusses how policies and technologies can aid at mitigating these risks.

You’re welcome to download my Learning to Live with Social Networks: Risks and Rewards slides with full speaker notes as a PDF file. You can also view the content in HTML form.

The presentation incorporates some of the thoughts on social networking that I’ve been sharing on this blog. It includes lots of examples and also emphasizes the need to understand how people use social networking sites and what motivates them to do so. It’s hard to discuss with colleagues ways of securing social network interactions if you don’t know much about Facebook or Twitter. It’s hard to protect your company’s social media marketing activities if you don’t know how the company is trying to engage consumers through this medium and why.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

Update 1: Megan Ruwe posted an excellent overview of the legal risks that employers face when employees use social networking. She also describes the caution that employers need to observe when researching current and prospective employee’s social networking activities.

Update 2: Alexis Madrigal wrote an article that describes how debt collectors are using Facebook to track down and get in touch with debtors.

Update 3: If you’re not sure how to deal with social network impersonation problems, see my note about Brandjacking and Social Networks.

Lenny Zeltser


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I transform ideas into successful outcomes, building on my 25 years of experience in cybersecurity. As the CISO at Axonius, I lead the security program to earn customers' trust. I'm also a Faculty Fellow at SANS Institute, where I author and deliver training for incident responders. The diversity of cybersecurity roles I've held over the years and the accumulated expertise, allow me to create practical solutions that drive business growth.

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