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

Written by Jordan True

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.

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

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

20% have never changed their social media passwords
3.) 30% have used or still use birthdays, addresses, pet names or children names for their work passwords.

30% use birthdays, pet names etc. for work passwords
4.) 25% said they change their password at work only when the system tells them to.

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

45% think half of cyberattacks against their companies involve privileged passwords

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