Here’s how to solve social-networking security threats through policy.
Unfortunately, Post was decades too early to write about norms for social-networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn.
It’s too bad — she would probably supply good advice on what information users should share about themselves and their work online.
People will always use them to socialize as well as do business, hopefully with common sense as their guide.
However, two aspects of social-network use do need to be addressed: technical security and user security.
They encourage open interaction among users who may know each other but who could also be very loosely connected.
Under the umbrella of LinkedIn or MySpace, though, the barriers people normally maintain against interacting with near-strangers may be lowered.
Your employees’ mere presence on social networks also sends a signal: job titles, experience, friends and family, and contact information can all be combined to where competitors can draw reasonably accurate org charts of your company and its suppliers, partners and clients.
Ways to Handle Risk
Users can also block specific Facebookers from seeing more than a limited profile, or from finding you via search.
by these engines to personal information beyond your name, profile picture, and limited aggregated data about your profile (e.g. number of wall postings).”
such as the ability to change whether people you’re connected to can see just those you both have connections with, or your entire connections list.
However, at the end of the day, specific company policies that limit what employees may share online might create the biggest payoffs, like resistance to social engineering, preservation of the company’s and employees’ reputations, and preservation of trade secrets and internal company structure.