Social Media and Other Personal Use

Social media is an almost unavoidable part of our daily lives. Whether that be personal use or professional, we’re exposing ourselves every day. This is why, as business owners, we need to consider if we’re allowing our team to access social media on their own devices, or company devices, that are connected to the company’s network.

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A lot of traditional organizations like the military or government have been known to block social media on their networks. For them, this makes sense because it reduces the risk of highly sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands. But does this practice make sense in a small-to-medium sized business? I’m going to say no, it doesn’t. If you’re a small business trying to get off the ground and make some noise, social media is where you need to be.

If you’re in agreement with my outlook the first thing you’re going to want to do is to make sure that there is a clear policy around proper social media technology use. An example of a detail you’d want to include in the policy is to only be participating in legal activities on company devices and networks.

Also, take into consideration how much time can be spent on social media. From a productivity standpoint, this can get off the rails if not monitored.

In terms of securing the devices to ensure the devices won’t be subjected to any threat while in use a few things to consider would first harden the device. Hardening is a basic practice on how to make the device more secure; things like not using the admin login for general daily use, having encryption turned on, and activating firewall. This will go a long way to help be more secure.

Most important of all is user training. We know that employees are the weakest link when it comes to information security. So make sure that your team is educated on internet safety best practices. They should have an understanding of things like phishing and other social engineering attacks.

In the end, I recommend that you allow your employees to do access social media as long as they are aware of the risks and what to look out for. Don’t forget to have security controls in place to make it safe for them to do so.