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Leaders putting firms at risk by failing to protect social media accounts

Business leaders are putting their firms at risk of social engineering attacks by sharing too much information about themselves online, according to a report.

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A survey by Digitalis and YouGov revealed that only half of business people restrict who can see their social media profiles and only 36 per cent keep on top of privacy settings changes.

Meanwhile, just a quarter regularly check what has been written about them online.

Together, experts say these factors could leave enough information out in the open for cyber criminals to be able to launch effective social engineering attacks.

“Even firms with military grade technology have been caught out by the targeting of an employee via a beautifully bespoke phishing email – designed by a deep understanding of his or her interests – who effectively opens the door unwittingly to the attacker,” said Digitalis Reputation chief executive Dave King.

“Our research demonstrates just how naïve the board table is of this risk which should rank as high on the risk register as technical countermeasures.”

Social engineering and phishing attempts are an ongoing challenge for security teams.

Recently, it was revealed how the hacker who stole celebrities’ private photos from their iCloud accounts gained access by tricking them with phishing emails.

In March, Snapchat employees’ payroll data was passed over to a scammer who pretended to be CEO Evan Spiegel to fool an employee into sending the data.

In February, Google updated its Chrome web browser to display a warning to users accessing websites that feature deceptive content and advertising.

For more information on the survey, see the Digitalis Reputation website.