When I speak in public or meet with clients, a problem I discuss is digital tunnel vision, a shortsightedness that I believe has come to exist in the digital age. Corporations spend tremendous amounts of money to protect against outside intrusion. Although, some companies are failing when it comes to protecting against in-house intrusion. Twitter & Trump is an excellent example of inside invasion and digital tunnel vision.
There is no doubt that Twitter spends millions on digital security but my question is how much have they spent on inner-intrusion. Or have they even considered the fact that the wrong person can use them as an information weapon. The action of deactivating Trump’s Twitter account created no dangers, but it could have. The could have here is the real issue and threat. What if a rogue nation bribed the Twitter employee to post a message with far more dangerous words. Disaster could have befallen.
When I first began skip tracing an social engineering in the eighties my tagline was “Information is the greatest tool!” and it is, no doubt. The problem is that information can destroy people and companies. Now we are seeing how it is manipulating and dividing society.
Two items here, I believe companies should have a broader picture of the part they play in the world. Also think about how one employee could be the inner hacker, that lights the fuse of destruction. The curious question now is which organization will be used next as a pawn by an employee?
Frank M. Ahearn