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5 Shocking Insights into the Social Network Habits of Security Professionals [And Infographic]

May 30th, 2017


It may come to a shock for some of you, but not all security professionals practice what they preach. In a recent survey, the “real” truth came to light around cyber security professionals and their security habits around social media usage.

Hacking social media accounts has never been easier. Attackers take advantage of poor password hygiene and usually hijack an account and hold it for ransom. It’s difficult to get the real picture, but according to Facebook, accounts are hacked 600,000 times a day. And even worse, 80% of all cyber security attacks involve a weak or stolen password.

What does this mean for your enterprise?

Poor social media security habits open the door to allow malicious attackers the opportunity to access major facets of the users’ lives. These include work accounts and data, credit card information, email accounts, even your social security number. The leaking of the information can cause major consequences to your organization including the lost trust of your followers, tarnished brand reputation, and worse, your accounts assisting the expansion of a malicious phishing scam or exploit.

Where is the disconnect between security professionals and their own cyber security habits?

1.) 50% haven’t changed their social network passwords for a year or more.

Password Statistics: 50% haven't changed social media passwords for a year or more

2.) 20% have never changed their social network passwords-ever!

Password Statistics: 20% have never changed their social network passwords - ever!
3.) 30% have used or still use birthdays, addresses, pet names or children names for their work passwords.

Password Statistics: 30% have used birthdays, addresses, pet names or children names for their work passwords
4.) 25% said they change their password at work only when the system tells them to.

Password Statistics: 25% said they change their password at work only when their system tells them to
5.) 45% think half of the cyber attacks against their companies involved privileged passwords.

Password Statistics: 45% think half of the cyber attacks against their companies involve privileged passwords

Want the full “Employee Social Network Password Practices a Major Workplace Risk” report? Download it now and discover other shocking password statistics and results. Bonus, you’ll get a great free list of professional password security tools including our Weak Password Finder tool that can discover password security holes on your network.

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Jordan True

Jordan is a social media strategist, digital community manager and a lover of all things IT. She currently manages the Social Media Program at Thycotic and loves to connect with technology communities online and at enterprise IT events. Addicted to the outdoors, you can find Jordan on the running trails in her free time or sharing the latest InfoSec buzz on Twitter @ThycoticJordan.

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