Sophos surveyed over 500 organizations, and discovered that 72% are concerned that employee behavior on social networking sites exposes their businesses to danger, and puts corporate infrastructure – and the sensitive data stored upon it – at risk.
The "Social Security" survey is just one part of Sophos’s 2010 Security Threat Report, which explores current and emerging computer security trends. It reveals that criminals identify potential victims on social networks, and then attack them, both at home and at work. In Sophos’s opinion, many Web 2.0 sites are concentrating too much on growing their marketshare at the expense of properly defending their existing users from internet threats.
LinkedIn – providing hackers with your company’s corporate directory
Although LinkedIn is considered to be by far the least threatening of the networks, Sophos advises that it can still provide a sizeable pool of information for hackers.