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IT Security Pros Fall for 'Friendly' Ruse

Enterprise IT security staffers are supposed to be the ones warning about the dangers of sharing personal or corporate information on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Not falling for them.

But as eSecurity Planet reports, a new and rather unique study by BitDefender discovered that IT security professionals were the most likely to give up the goods when approached by a stranger through their favorite social networking site.

Not only did the vast majority of IT workers immediately accept a "friend" invitation from a made-up profile, but many quickly shared personally identifying information and, worse, often divulged company information within a few minutes or hours after adding the unknown "friend" to online community.

This isn't good considering how many hacking and phishing scams have popped up on Twitter, Facebook and other online enclaves in the past few years.


Enterprise IT security professionals should be among the most diligent defenders of their corporate and personal information, you might think.

You'd be wrong.

A new study by security software vendor BitDefender should serve as a wake-up call to IT security professionals primarily because it demonstrates that those responsible for safeguarding enterprise data networks are the most likely to divulge sensitive personal and key corporate information to a stranger through a social networking site.

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
IT Security Workers Are Most Gullible of All: Study