As new software and techniques become available that allows hackers to mine information about individuals on the Web, can Managed IT Services Providers respond?
These applications have one thing in common. They can be used to collect information on individuals from snippets of data dropped all across the web. Of course social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn make that job easy already, but these programs can piece together broken links to create virtual profiles that mimic your real world persona. They can identify who you know, where you shop and what you do for a living.
Individuals and companies alike need to be aware of the dangers of this type of software. Their existence promises to revolutionize the way information is assessed on the web, which means that the user must rethink what they put out there.
Whereas before an individual might keep a Facebook profile for personal use and a LinkedIn profile for business purposes and feel fairly confident that the two were being kept separate, the emergence of this technology smashes this sense of security.
On a corporate level it means that sensitive data is exponentially easier to leak to the competition because they may have access to technology that can interpret spikes in communication between different parties or even pick up on blether on forums and in chat rooms.
Managed IT Services Providers can step in to fill the gap in the need for more security.
As technology continues to advance, security threats will only get more and more ubiquitous, so it is wise to leave the protection of data to the professionals. MSPs are a smart and affordable solution to what promises to be a persistent and costly problem.