Social Media Threats to Business

According to a report, social media threats to business are increasing.

The report was the first in-depth analysis covering Fortune 100 companies by Proofpoint's Nexgate social media division.

Analysts revealed the main types of social media threats were account hijacking, unauthorised accounts and content-based threats such as malicious links and phishing lures.

The report found social media attacks can be as damaging and costly to a brand as other corporate network compromises, malicious email scams and phishing attacks.

Devin Redmond, Proofpoint's Nexgate division vice-president and general manager said: "Company-affiliated social pages, profiles and accounts are the next big attack surfaces for fraud, phishing, hacking and data theft."

According to Redmond, threats to corporate social media accounts and programmes have not received the appropriate level of attention.

He said: "Much of that is due to the lack of understanding regarding the scope and types of security threats."

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