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Why Understanding Is Key to Thwarting Social Media Threats

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Oct 2, 2018 | 09:05 GMT
A photomontage shows a businessman against a backdrop depicting the digital age.

A photomontage shows a businessman against a backdrop depicting the digital age. The emergence of social media has created more threats to individuals and organizations. In the age of social media, protecting oneself or one's organization requires a total understanding of how such platforms can be used for attack.

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How times change. Thirty years ago, the task of recruiting someone for intelligence purposes involved a lot of legwork and a lot of vulnerability for the operative. Now the process is a whole lot simpler thanks to the internet and, more importantly, the ubiquity of social media. These two topics -- intelligence and social media -- were front and center last week at the ASIS Global Security Exchange in Las Vegas, where I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion on how social media is affecting threat intelligence. In an age when social media is so pervasive, protecting oneself or one's organization requires a total understanding of how such platforms can be used for attack. Only then is it possible to mount a defense....

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