Security Awareness: Social Networking

Enhanced collaboration with other employees and customers through social media can lead to a better business, but there can be serious dangers to the business, yourself, and your family. This course teaches you how to avoid social networking attacks.
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(13)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 15, 2018
Duration
57m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(13)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 15, 2018
Duration
57m
Description

While social networking is a chance to share information about yourself and your family while staying connected with friends and coworkers, it also allows other people to learn about you, locate you, and know when you’re not in town. In this course, Security Awareness: Social Networking, you'll learn how to protect your business and yourself from these types of attacks. First, you'll explore how to identify social networking attacks. Next, you'll discover how to stop from falling victim when attacks occur. Finally, you'll master how to be more proactive in avoiding this type of attack. When you’re finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of security awareness needed to protect yourself in the world of social networking.

About the author
About the author

Jason Helmick is an author for Pluralsight. His IT career spans more than 25 years or enterprise consulting on a variety of technologies, with a focus on strategic IT business planning. He’s a highly successful IT author, columnist, lecturer, and instructor, specializing in automation practices for the IT pro.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi. I'm Jason Helmeck, an author here at Pluralsight, and welcome to my course, security and social networking. You know, many offices enjoy the benefits of employees, for business reasons, using social networking throughout the course of the business day. Enhanced collaboration with other employees and customers, plus building a strong company culture can lead to a better business. But there are dangerous, and not just for the business, but also for you. While social networking is a chance to share information about yourself and your family, and stay connected with friends and coworkers, it also lets people that you don't know learn about you, locate you, know when you're not in town. This isn't going to end well. So in this course, you will learn how to protect your business and yourself with gaining knowledge of social networking, and some of the attacks that might happen. You'll learn how to identify the attacks, how to stop from falling victim. You will also learn how to be more proactive in avoiding this type of attack, both at your company, and at home. So join me on this journey to start learning more about social networking attacks. Here at Pluralsight, we love learning, and we hope that you do too.

Social Networking and Its Value to the Office
Many offices enjoy the benefits of having employees use social networking throughout the course of a business day. There's enhanced collaboration with other employees and with customers plus building a strong company and culture can lead to better business but there are also several dangers and these aren't just from cyber criminals. So, while social networking does have value to the office and that's what we want to take a look at, there are also risks involved and so, what we're going to do in this module. First of all, let's define what social networking really is so that we have a clear understanding of not only the process of social networking but what are the types of applications that we're going to use and how social networking specifically can benefit the business and this is a really great place for initiatives into new areas for the businesses and social networking. Now, there are risks to the business and we want to talk about those and what you're going to be surprised with is that not all of them are cyber criminal related, sometimes it's the mistake of another employee that might cause a risk to the business. So, let's go ahead and get started with defining social networking.

Social Networking Threats from Cybercriminals
Maybe it's because we surround ourselves with family and we connect to old friends, we join groups of people that share common values with us, common interests, hobbies, religion, politics. For some reason a lot of people feel that social networking and the social media sites are safe because they're talking to people they know. What a lot of people don't realize is that they're also public and that a lot of people that they don't know are paying attention as well and just like anything else whether it be a malicious website, or malicious emails, phishing emails, these attacks from cyber criminals are going to happen and we are going to try, we, cyber criminals are going to try to get malware on your system or do other things as we're going to point out. So, that's what we want to focus on now is some of the threats and over the next few modules we're going to look at threats to both you and your company. So, in this course we're going to focus on the kinds of attacks that cyber criminals will do using social media sites, malware of course being one of the most prevalent. You're going to click on a link and possibly get malware on your system. Also, something that I want to mention is cross site request forgery or CSRV, also known as or sea-surf or sea-surfing and also the prevention of CSRF and a few other things to help you along the way. So, let's get started by first talking about malware.

Social Networking Threats to You and Your Family
So let me start with a couple of disclaimers right off the bat. First of all, I think this is probably the most important module out of the entire series on security awareness. Second of all, I hate talking about this. I really do. I have personal experience with this, I have a lot of friends that have personal experience with this. Here's where the problem comes in, all of the tools I've given to you so far that will help prevent malware and the tactics to help prevent things like cross site forgery, all that kind of stuff, all those tools now stop working at some point and we switch from cyber criminals trying to gain information from you to actually criminals that are going to do criminal activities that may involve your physical safety as well. That's where this comes in. So let's go ahead and dive into a very serious topic. So in this module, we're going to take a look at why this is so important and why this should stand out to you. This is about you and your family at this point. I'm not talking about your business, this is all about you. And so we're going to take a look at a couple of things that you want to be aware of and things that you want to maybe avoid. Things like photos on your social media. We want to talk about the profiles that you have in social media and the personal information that you provide there.

Social Networking Threats to Your Company
Whether you company's using social media or not to promote the business, it still faces the same threats that you do, so it's kind of important to think about this if you're responsible at your company for using social media for the business or even if you're just using personal social media while at the company, to be aware of the things that impact the business. And that's what we're going to take a look at in this module. We're going to wrap up with the risk to business from hackers, what hackers are going to try to do to the business and then what employees might do and this is where both businesses and employees can be surprised. Now we're going to talk about what businesses can do to be more proactive on preventing these types of attacks and if you've watched one of the other courses in this series with me, you will have seen some of this before. We're going to talk about the security teams that a business has and how they are more proactive and some of the tools that the business can use, both in counter measures and in ways of preventing or at least reducing the possibility of the different types of attacks, so let's get started with the risks to business from hackers.