Why should the CSO care about Social Media? Top 5 Reasons Why They Should

Posted by Shanna Gordon

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

There are very few CSO’s that care about tweets, Instagram’s, likes, followers. etc.  Understandably, it’s not their job to care about how popular their brands are on Facebook or how their Twitter followers have grown by 56% in 2013.   The management of these categories falls to the marketing social media and branding departments.  Despite this, however, those teams are very focused on their marketing initiatives and not, say physical security threats against their organization or disgruntled employees threatening to go postal.

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Topics: Brand Protection, Security, Privacy Protection, employees social media, Risk, Chief Security Officer

Fourth Amendment Won’t Protect Your Facebook Privacy Expectations

Posted by Adriana Tayraco

Mon, Aug 20, 2012

Online profiles have become a mine of personal information ready for the picking, most profiles’ security settings have not been set properly and anyone with an internet connection can browse through it and find any piece of information on you, even things you don’t want the world to know.

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Topics: Privacy Protection, Facebook

Employers asking for Facebook passwords? Not unless they want a lawsuit

Posted by Adriana Tayraco

Wed, Apr 04, 2012

The topic has been trending since it exploded in March. There are numerous stories of companies who have coerced their employees (or future employees) onto giving them access to their personal Facebook accounts. In the U.S., where this “trend” has been spotted, the latest victim is Kimberly Hester, a teacher’s aide at Frank Squires Elementary in Cassopolis who is currently involved in a legal fight against the board after she was suspended without pay when she refused to provide her Facebook password. And she’s not alone, earlier last month the Associated Press reported of earlier cases of employers asking prospective employees to disclose their passwords or “friend” an HR representative on the social media site in order to have a look around their profile.

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Topics: Reputation Management, Privacy Protection, password protection, Facebook

After the Blackout: PIPA and SOPA CO-Sponsors abort mission

Posted by Adriana Tayraco

Thu, Jan 19, 2012

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Topics: Copyright Law, Privacy Protection, SOPA

5 Malware attacks that defined 2011 and why your Smartphone is next

Posted by Minal Pithia

Wed, Dec 14, 2011

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Topics: Malware, mobile app monitoring, Identity Theft, Security, Privacy Protection, Phishing

How SOPA could “break” the Internet – What to expect when and if the bill passes

Posted by Adriana Tayraco

Thu, Nov 24, 2011

This past week has seen a lot of chatter both online and offline about the passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) also called the E-Parasite Act or the Worst Piece of Internet Legislation ever. For those of you who are not familiar with SOPA, the passing of this bill has been said to destroy the internet as we know it today. If passed, SOPA would allow the U.S. Department of Justice as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites suspected of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. So, as an example, sharing and/or streaming a video containing copyrighted background music, film clips, clips from last night’s game, or even posting a video of your kid singing a cover song could now be considered a felony with a potential 5 years sentence if guilty. Websites who facilitate the sharing of copyrighted content (basically every single social networking site out there today) could be blocked or taken down. Once a court order has been issued, the U.S. Attorney-General could then ban ISPs from displaying links to the blocked sites.

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Topics: trademark issues, Brand Protection, Reputation Management, Copyright Law, Social Media Monitoring, Privacy Protection, SOPA

How Paxfire and U.S. ISPs hijacked billions (and what brands can do to boost their protection)

Posted by Adriana Tayraco

Tue, Aug 16, 2011

Just recently Paxfire – a company based in Virginia – has gone under fire after accusations that the technology firm has been working alongside various US ISPs to intercept and redirect users’ search queries while making a profit out of it. Although it is not clear to what degree the ISPs knew of Paxfire true intents, they have all terminated their contracts. Paxfire, along with Internet Service Provider RCN Corp are now being sued by plaintiff Betsy Feist and her representatives Peter Seidman and Stanford Dumain with Milberg LLP, they may also face a Congressional inquiry. Paxfire’s CEO has issued a statement refuting all allegations.

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Topics: trademark issues, Brand Protection, Reputation Management, Privacy Protection, trademark

Peek-a-Boo! Facebook sees you!

Posted by Adrian Sertl

Thu, Aug 11, 2011

In December of last year Facebook rolled out a new system of tagging friends in photos called “tag suggestions” which was designed specifically to make the process of tagging friends in multiple photos less time consuming.  To accomplish this Facebook used, or I should say is still using, facial recognition software which scans newly uploaded photos and matches the faces to previously posted photos; well at least to the best of the software’s ability as it isn’t an exact science.  This feature was initially open only to North American Facebook users but, since the beginning of June, has now been enabled for users in Europe.

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Topics: Security, Privacy Protection, online identity

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