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#askSBS: Social Engineering and Social Media



Question: Can being politically outspoken through social media put you at increased risk from a social engineering perspective?

Sharing your political (or any for that matter) views and opinions on social media could potentially provide threat actors with actionable intel to use against you in a social engineering attack. Having knowledge of your views and insight into an area of interest you are passionate about gives a threat actor prime topic ideas for a targeted attack. Being politically outspoken may garner unwanted attention and you may unintentionally increase your risk of becoming a target simply by sharing your perspective.


To mitigate the risk of opening yourself up to a targeted attack, be careful what you share and who you share it with. Understand the privacy settings of your social media platform of choice.  Know who may be able to view the content you create and share.


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Bryan Barnes has worked for 5 years at SBS, helping hundreds of organizations to identify and understand cybersecurity risks, allowing them to make better and more informed business decisions. He has over 17 years of experience in information technology and operations, primarily in the financial services industry. He joined the SBS team as a Network Security Engineer and has transitioned into a Director leadership role.



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Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2022
Categories: Blog, #askSBS