How Social Media Helps with Security

Sue Marquette Poremba

Over the past months, I've written quite a bit about the security threats that lurk in social media. Let's face it, social media, while essential in today's business world, can also be a mine field if employees aren't using these tools properly.


However, I've also found social media to be among my best sources of security information.


I personally follow a number of security experts and security providers on Twitter, and I take advantage of Twitter's lists, which provide access to information that would otherwise be unknown to me. Many security organizations, as well as security writers and bloggers, use social media to provide updates on new threats, news alerts and fixes.


For example, IT Business Edge has a Facebook page and Twitter account, @ITBusinessEdge, that provide updates on news and blog posts with helpful security information, along with other IT tidbits. And IT Business Edge's Knowledge Network tweets about new tools and templates -- including security policies -- in @ITBEKnowledge.


Every day, more companies, like Microsoft, are using social media as a way to alert users of security issues.


Other folks that I follow on Twitter include:



Threat Post


CNet News


Government Computer News


The saying goes that knowledge is power -- and the opportunity to keep up-to-date on a variety of security issues is knowledge that can keep your network safe and your business running smoothly.

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