Facebook has been causing data security worries fairly consistently throughout its existence, and James Furbush wrote on TechTarget that IT departments may soon have some new problems on their hand from the social media titan. A new application for the Android operating system will now add a layer of integration between the operating system and the application to provide even more functionality, he wrote, which may make it difficult for companies to secure these devices.
Theo Priestley, founder of independent U.K. analyst firm Theology, told the website that these apps will make it hard to ensure data security since there will be personal social functions like posting and sharing within devices where employees may be keeping sensitive corporate data. Lawrence Lerner, president of LLBC, an enterprise consulting firm based in Chicago, said the massive amounts of data Facebook has from users could make this a big problem.
"Facebook tracks 31 points of data," he told TechTarget. "Everything from photos, to likes, physical location, connections and interactions with other people, and it makes that social graph – which supersedes user privacy – available to just about anyone for ads and marketing. … This creates an open pool of information. It can potentially expose a business strategy just by using the phone, and there are good reasons [why]companies don't want the public to know certain things."
The website said anyone with an Android device can install this application for free, so companies will need to take control over their BYOD (Bring your own Device) program with tools or perhaps by blacklisting this app from work.
Facebook causing more than app worries
Forbes Insights took a look into some of the current cybersecurity worries that companies carry. The news company said there is currently more concern over Facebook than protecting credit cards, especially since Google has taken up with a big security company while Facebook and Twitter are still seen as "victims." The report said Facebook was the fourth most targeted company by hackers, with banks only making up 2 percent of who is being hacked.
Even with all of the data security worries, Facebook seems to be trying a bit harder to make up security deficiencies, as they are continuing a partnership with Trend Micro to help protect global users, according to what Joe Sullivan, chief security officer at Facebook, said.
"In addition to our existing strategic incorporation of Trend Micro's Smart Protection Network into Facebook's existing database of malicious URLs, this expanded partnership will better enable us to protect the people who use our service, no matter where they are in the world," he said.
Data Security News from SimplySecurity.com by Trend Micro.