The Easiest Social Networking Targets are Often Executives

Company executives are often the least secure employees when it comes to social networking web sites. High level employees and important people in the company often feel that they should not have to follow the same rules that everybody else in the company follows.  However, because they have access to more sensitive and important information, they should actually be doing the opposite. They feel that since their jobs are so demanding, they don’t need to have their content filtered or their internet activity monitored or logged. Another reason that company executives are such a big threat is because they feel that the security in place will protect them from all things bad. But, when they turn off things like firewalls, that also turns off their protection. Another reason is that most higher ups have the newest technological products, such as iPhones. Because products are newer, the IT and Security departments may not yet have investigated the safety of the product with their system. Executives are also high risk when it comes to social networking sites because criminals will target the families of the executive, and often the families are not aware of this. Because the executive may have shared a laptop with his or her children and spouse, this adds an additional risk.

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