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Are Your IT Acceptable Use Policies Up-to-date?

A catfish is someone who creates a false online identity.  Catfishing is common on social networking sites.  The catfish’s intent is to defraud a victim, seek revenge or commit identity theft.  The information obtained could be used to compromise your network.

One key element required by HIPAA is to document acceptable end user behaviors.  These documented behaviors are called IT Acceptable Use Policies.  One area requiring policy definition includes the degree of end user access granted or allowed to social media sites while at work.  This is called a Social Media Use Acceptable Use Policy.  Because of the security risks associated with social media sites, many companies allow very limited or restricted access to these sites from their computing environment.  If you haven’t included a policy to manage this activity, you should consider creating and deploying one.

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