On Thursday, Oct. 11th, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave a dire warning that the United States is facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor.” He was speaking at a meeting of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) in New York, where he characterized the Internet as “the battlefield of the future”. He also mentioned his support for cybersecurity legislation, which has yet to pass congress, emphasizing that whether there is legislation or not, the threats we face, in the form of large-scale coordinated attacks, are not ones that government acting alone has the power to stop. His message seemed to be that whether there is legislation or not, businesses and other organizations need to be prepared.

Social Media is Fertile Ground for Cybercriminals

As a group, no one is more aware of these impending dangers than IT professionals, who are tasked with protecting their networks from an onslaught of new and more focused exploits that leverage all the platforms at hand, including social media. In fact, social media has become a particularly fertile ground for cybercriminals, where they freely ply their tactics of bot infections, key logging and other schemes, including exploiting the largest weakness faced by all network security systems – humans.  And whether the human vulnerabilities you face are inadvertent or deliberate, the expected damage is the same.