The Rising Social Networking Security Threat
End users are more aware of the potential threat, but awareness does not necessarily translate into a change of behavior.
I was browsing through some headlines and articles on cybersecurity issues, and this one from UPI jumped out at me: "Ladies at higher risk for social media 'spear phishing'."
After reading the article, I'm still not exactly sure what puts women more at risk than men, but I have a good guess. While it is not said outright, it is likely that women are more open about their personal lives when using social media than men are. And that can make it easier to generate a spear phishing attack that is targeted specifically to your job or your personal interests. Of course, one of the goals of spear phishing is to entice the user to click on a malicious link or open an infected attachment.
I am very disappointed that the article didn't give good, solid reasoning for why women are more at risk than men. From a purely anecdotal point of view, I do notice that my female friends on Facebook are more likely to post warnings or spam-type messages on their wall than my male friends. My female friends are much more likely to post photos and other information from third-party sites, but I'd say all are equally likely to share personal information.
It is true, the more personal information one puts into cyberspace, the more the bad guys have to work with, and it doesn't matter who puts it out there. Social media makes it way too easy to over-share, making it vital that security professionals have a solid security policy for social media in place.