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Social Media Security

Leveraging Social Networking While Mitigating Risk

Social networks, particularly public ones, have become part of the fabric of how we communicate and collaborate as a society. With value from micro-level personal networking to macro-level outreach, social networking has become pervasive in people’s lives and is now becoming a significant driving force in business. These new platforms have provided new approaches to many critical enterprise functions, including identifying, communicating, and gathering feedback with customers (e.g., Facebook, Ning); locating expertise (e.g., LinkedIn); providing new communication platforms (e.g., Twitter); and collaborating with a community, small or large (e.g., wikis).

However, many organizations have stayed away from potential benefits of social networks because of the significant risks associated with them. This book will help an organization understand the risks present in social networks and provide a framework covering policy, training and technology to address those concerns and mitigate the risks presented to leverage social media in their organization. The book also acknowledges that many organizations have already exposed themselves to more risk than they think from social networking and offers strategies for "dialing it back" to retake control.

Information Security professionals and network managers and administrators concerned with social media usage in the enterprise.

Paperback, 346 Pages

Published: November 2013

Imprint: Syngress

ISBN: 978-1-59749-986-6


  • "...effectively shows the reader how to use social media without getting caught in its myriad security, privacy, risk, and PR weaknesses...a handy resource for firms that are trying to create an effective and secure social media program."--Security Management (online), February 2015


  • Introduction

    Defining Social Networking

    Why Social Media Is Important

    Defining the Organization's Goals for Social Networking Use

    Risks Present in Social Networking

    Mitigating Risks

    Continuous Social Networking Security



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