PrintLast month, cybersecurity expert Chris Roberts was denied access onto a domestic United Airlines flight after tweeting he could manipulate the plane’s communications system. This month, Roberts claims to have hacked into various planes’ computer systems over the past 5 years, managing to take control of at least one engine while in flight. The FBI is investigating the validity of his statements.

Whether or not his claims are valid, Roberts was immediately apprehended when he turned to social media to “jokingly” threat the safety of others. With the limits of free speech on Facebook and other social media up for debate in the Supreme Court, it is important that employees understand how to properly communicate using social media and how to avoid or respond to perceived threats.

Threats to a company’s information security from social media attacks can take different forms. Some of the more dangerous are:

  • Targeted malware attacks including spyware, viruses, worms and Trojan horse programs;
  • Phishing attempts designed to trick or coerce employees into revealing secure information;
  • Social engineering threats that attempt to manipulate the actions of employees;
  • Links to websites designed to capture passwords (Cross-site scripting); and
  • Information gathering for the purpose of identity or profile theft.

The Cyber Threats section of your portal has more information on social media threats, along with a number of other relevant threats to cybersecurity. To learn more about how Preparis can customize content for your needs, contact your Client Services representative.

Marlia Fontaine-Weisse is the Content Manager for Preparis.