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Posted by on May 06, 2013 | Data | 3 comments

SEC, Social Media and Data Security, Oh MyLast month, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), issued a new ruling stating, “…corporations or their executives can use Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms as a way of disseminating corporate information.” This decision demonstrates that heavily regulated groups like the SEC are finally realizing the power social media has as a communications platform.

Given the sheer rise in social media use over the years, (Twitter now has more than 288 million active users) social media platforms are a great vehicle for organizations to share information, as long as it is meant for public consumption. However, most information within an enterprise is not meant to be shared with the public. With the rise of personal devices in the workplace – thanks to BYOD – and the number of social platforms, the likelihood of employees sharing sensitive corporate data (whether they mean to or not) has increased tenfold.

Data is an organization’s greatest asset and as such, enterprises should have the right security policies in place to ensure that its data remains secure. With the influx of mobile devices in the workplace, the task of managing mobile devices to ensure data security has become daunting. Enterprises need to focus their attention on putting proper security policies in place that are tailored to the individual user. This way, no matter what device the user chooses, the same security policies are already in place.

The average employee device has a wide variety of personal and corporate-approved applications and access to personal and corporate data. Of those employees, users who spend a lot of time on the road or working remotely, rely on personal devices to conduct business and often times that means sharing sensitive corporate information from their personal devices. In order to ensure that employees do not send sensitive corporate information to the general public, IT has to have policies in place that only allow certain corporate information to be shared via certain approved applications. This helps reduce the risk of sensitive information being disseminated to the public greatly.

Does your organization have policies in place to ensure that corporate information can only be distributed via certain platforms? If so, we’d love to hear more about these policies. Please leave a comment below or continue the conversation via Twitter @AppSense.


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