Social Media Phishing Soars

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Jun 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Employee training is key to any business's defense against cyberattacks. According to PhishMe, an estimated 91% of cyberattacks start with a phishing email -- an attempt to secure personal or sensitive information by posing as a legitimate actor. It makes sense then that many businesses focus cybersecurity training on recognition of email phishing scams. However, recent studies show that cybercriminals are increasingly turning to social media to bait their prey. In 2016, social media phishing increased by an estimated 500%, and victims are more likely to fall for these scams. Cybersecurity training needs to adapt to this fast-growing form of attack.

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Topics: cybersecurity, cyberthreats, social media

Social Media Use -- Does Your Company Need a Policy?

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Aug 30, 2016 8:29:39 AM

Individuals and businesses are increasingly utilizing social media to present themselves to others, as well as to gather information.  According to Statista, 78% of the United States population has a social networking profile.  By 2020, an estimated 2.95 billion people will be using social media worldwide -- that's a third of the Earth's population. So, chances are most of your employees are using social media sites, and it's quite possible their activity may affect more than their personal life. Employee use of social media may consume company time, open doors to security breaches, and influence public opinion and reputations.  So, should businesses adopt social media policies to keep employees on task and in check?

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Topics: labor, internet, social media

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FocusData: TECHPol is a blog on technology and business policy issues affecting small and mid-sized companies.  TECHPol’s primary author, Lori Salley Ring, spent 20-plus years working on Capitol Hill, including as the top staffer on the House Committee on Small Business.  FDS is an IT consulting firm providing managed services, office tech relocation, network security, and IT support for businesses in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

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Lori Salley Ring

Lori Salley Ring

Lori serves as Policy Advisor and Communications Specialist for Focus Data Solutions.  Lori spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Congress, including as Chief of Staff to a member of the House leadership and as the Staff Director for the Committee on Small Business.  Lori also ran a Washington-based non-profit organization between stints working for the Federal government. 

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