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While it’s not necessarily possible to monitor all information an employee may post to social media sites and networks, companies can take preventative measures through the usage of common Web security technologies. While employees are at work, or logged into the company network, a good practice is to use a Web filtering technology that either manages or prohibits altogether employee access to social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter. This will cut down on the potential for employees to share sensitive company data while keeping employees on-task. Employing the use of Data Leakage Prevention (DLP) technology can also add another layer of defense against employees proliferating sensitive company data.

There has been a lot of discussion around the security risks associated with social networking sites, especially when it comes to malicious attacks carried out by cyber criminals. But employees disclosing confidential data and the secure usage of social identities in business processes are quickly emerging as other areas of apprehension for IT admins and business managers.

Companies are increasingly using identity data created on social media sites to conduct business transactions, as it often provides for improved efficiency and better communication with customers. In fact, a number of identity and access management (IAM) protocols, such as OAuth, have emerged that facilitate identity-based interactions between businesses and social media sites. But organizations that rely upon identity information provided by third parties, such as Facebook and Twitter, must balance the benefits of doing so with the security and liability risks that can result.

Lighthouse Security Group has compiled the following tips to help companies securely use social networking sites in business processes.

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