The Internet is forever: Security professionals should watch what they post, expert says

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Security Magazine has a very informative and thought-provoking story this month by Security Management Resources Group CEO Jerry J Brennan titled "Guilt by Association – Public References and Their Impact on Your Security Career."

There's a saying that nothing is ever truly deleted from the Internet. Try as you might, there is always a way to retrieve something, if you know what you're looking for and how to do it, experts say.

Since the dawn of the Internet and the rise of social media, there have been numerous accounts of individuals -- both of the celebrity variety and the ordinary kind -- who have received rebuke, termination and even death threats for the words, images and videos they have posted.

There's even a disclaimer Twitter users often put in their description, that retweets do not equal endorsements. Two problems with that: The disclaimer may or may not protect you legally, but it does not prevent the viewer from thinking that you do endorse what you retweet and, if you do not support another's posts, why retweet them at all?

The bottom line is that our online personas are now inextricably linked to our true, real-life selves. So it is wise, particularly when looking for a job or attempting to keep one, to use caution when posting anything on the Internet.    -- IFPO.

Here's a little bit from Security Magazine's story:

"But what about the references you yourself may casually toss out in public social media forums, at conferences or networking events? They may seem authentic at the time but can have an unintentional negative impact on your personal brand depending on the level of due diligence you have done before conferring them and how regularly you monitor how your comments are being used.

In today’s environment of global internet, instant communication and leveraged social media, you must consider rapidly emerging risks and unintentional consequences surrounding the endorsement of individuals or companies without first doing your own reference check.

Comments in public forums are often edited and repurposed out of context. They can be portrayed as a positive reference or support of a person, product or company when that was not the original intent. Despite a hyper-focus on protection of data, instances of this continue to occur with what can only be described as complete disregard for privacy and intellectual property rights."

Read the full story here.


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