Do you remember the World War II poster with the slogan “loose lips sink ships”? Every errant word or a disclosure of sensitive information is a threat to an organization. Before social networking, such threats were limited to the employees’ social circle. With the advent of social networking and blogging technologies, the disclosure of sensitive information has no practical limit. Any outsider with access to the Internet can see what any insider shared. While this may not sink the ship, it certainly can cause embarrassment, a loss of competitive advantage, a scuttled deal, or a fine for insider trading.
Focus has several tips on an individual improving their security: “be discreet, be skeptical, be thoughtful, be professional, be wary, and check privacy policies.”