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Social media: How does their use "threaten" small and medium enterprises?

According to his new research Cyber ​​Readiness Institute, small and medium-sized enterprises are concerned that the use of social media by their employees is a potential risk security. In particular, the research, which was attended by 400 owners of small and medium enterprises and about 1.060 employees USA, found that 56% of owners believe that the use of social media by their employees could fuel malicious activities and attacks.

Despite their fears, however, 82% of employers said they allow their employees to use personal Appliances for them to have access into a e-mail work or other data, while 67% of them allow their employees to use social media applications, As the Facebook and Twitter, on work devices.

While 56% of employees stated that they have social media applications on devices they use for their work, only 30% were given advice and instructions on using applications on these devices. In addition, 22% of employees admitted to ignoring or bypassing the safety instructions issued by their company.

Kiersten Todt, CEO of the Cyber ​​Readiness Institute, noted that small and medium-sized business owners are fully aware of the risks involved in cybersecurity, which are associated with mixing personal and work data and activities on the same device. Todt added that small and medium-sized enterprises should adopt policies to mitigate and address these risks. Also, 4 in 5 employers allow their employees to use personal devices for their work and only half have policies regarding the applications that may or may not be used on the devices used.

It is worth noting that over 40% of business owners stated that more than 75% of their employees have social media applications on devices they use for their work. Facebook was the most popular app used by employees on the device they use for their work, with 50% of respondents saying they used it. In addition, about 60% said that their company has not issued new instructions on the use of social media applications on work devices, which is even more necessary after the outbreak of the pandemic. COVID-19 which hit countries around the world and led, among other things, to remote work.

Finally, according to the survey, 36% of employers are considering adding new policies related to social media applications or modifying existing policies for employees who have to work remotely.

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