An Overview Of Twitter and Tweets In Cybersecurity
By Tom Seest
Cybersecurity professionals and security teams require timely, pertinent information about threats to their infrastructure. Social media can serve as an excellent source of this intelligence.
According to a recent survey, 44% of security organizations believe social media intelligence (SOCMINT) is essential for their digital risk protection solutions. As such, security teams need the ability to process and analyze data from social media in order to turn it into actionable intelligence that can help them detect vulnerabilities, prevent intrusions, and enhance cybersecurity controls.
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Twitter is a social media platform and microblogging service that allows users to communicate with one another through short messages known as tweets. These can range from news updates, jokes, or thoughts and are posted to user profiles or sent directly to followers’ feeds.
Connecting with like-minded individuals is a fantastic way to stay engaged. Additionally, it serves as an effective platform for spreading awareness of your brand.
Cybersecurity professionals rely on Twitter to stay abreast of security updates and threats. They can use it to stay abreast of research in their field, learn about new tools for security operations, connect with experts in their area, and network with fellow professionals.
In recent years, Twitter has suffered numerous cybersecurity breaches, including the theft of personal information from celebrities and political figures. These scandals have brought to light the website’s vulnerabilities, with cybersecurity experts calling on governments and regulators to take the platform more seriously.
Twitter implemented a verification system to prevent fake accounts and maintain account credibility, according to cybersecurity experts. The verification process requires users to prove their identity with either an official website, ID, or email address. Doing this helps maintain the legitimacy of their accounts and prevents them from joining malicious networks.
The verified account symbol helps guarantee users are not posting spam or malicious content on their accounts. It also blocks spambots – automated programs that post automated spam on Twitter – from posting such material.
It also uses hashtags, which are keywords added to posts for easy searchability. These tags help connect different posts related to a single topic and link them back to other articles that contain the same keyword.
Twitter also offers direct messaging as a private communication option between users. When someone sends a message to someone they follow, it appears as an updated tweet in their followers’ feeds.
Though many cybersecurity professionals prefer to discuss issues on other platforms, Twitter remains a reliable resource for cyber practitioners. With its large following and numerous reputable cybersecurity experts and news sources that can provide helpful info, Twitter remains an indispensable platform for the security community.
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Twitter is a communication platform that enables users to post and share short, succinct tweets (micro-messages) containing photos, videos, links to articles of interest, or anything else you can think of. Just like any other social media platform, Twitter can be utilized by individuals or groups for various reasons. Companies of all sizes – from the largest to the smallest – may use it to increase brand awareness and foster corporate communications.
Twitter stands out among other social media platforms when it comes to speed and ease of use. Its user-friendly interface can be accessed with any web browser on any device – mobile or otherwise. The site has also created an array of apps that make it simple to stay informed about what’s going on in your community, no matter where you are located. One of its standout features is that it employs multiple security measures to thwart malicious code from invading and damaging your system. For instance, its sophisticated sandboxing system prevents code execution on your network, as well as from spreading beyond web page boundaries to your home page and back into your pocket.
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Twitter is one of the world’s largest social media platforms for news and information dissemination. With an expansive user base, Twitter enables people to share their insights, ideas, and perspectives with others around them.
According to a recent survey conducted by the American Press Institute, nearly 9 in 10 Twitter users (86%) use it for news. Furthermore, 85% of those surveyed say they follow news links on the platform, and 81% keep up with current events daily.
This data indicates that Twitter plays an integral role in disseminating news about breaking events and live reports. When terrorist attacks or attacks against government agencies occur, Twitter is often one of the first places to provide updates.
By doing this, people can receive critical alerts from federal cyber authorities in a timely manner and take immediate action. Furthermore, this platform offers them the information they can use to safeguard themselves and their family against cybersecurity threats.
An analysis of Twitter activity revealed that many Twitter users are interested in following cybersecurity news and trends. For instance, the popular account @Cyber curates security-related posts and updates, making it a great resource for up-to-date info on current cybersecurity challenges and developments.
One important Twitter account for cybersecurity is grugq, an independent security researcher who tweets his opinion on information security and counterintelligence issues. With more than 113,000 followers on Twitter, his wry tweets provide useful insight into current events within the cybersecurity industry.
Therefore, it is not unusual for cybersecurity news to break on Twitter before it spreads elsewhere. In fact, the tweets often amplify important cybersecurity alerts issued by federal cyber authorities.
These users’ tweets often provide a wealth of information about cybersecurity, making them valuable to both novice and expert Internet users alike. Furthermore, these tips and advice on security are often shared.
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Twitter is a social network that allows users to post short messages called “tweets.” Initially limited to 140 characters, these tweets have since been extended up to 280 in 2017. Not only can users post tweets themselves, but they can also reply or retweet other people’s updates and follow other people to view their own updates. Additionally, users have the ability to follow other people and view their updates through hashtags.
It is a widely-used social media platform with over 368 million active users as of 2022. People use it for communication with friends, family, and coworkers, as well as to stay informed about upcoming events.
Social media is an invaluable tool for promoting a brand or company. It enables brands to engage with their followers on an intimate level and gain insights into what makes them special and why customers value their products/services.
Social media campaigns are vital in their capacity to engage and build relationships with people. Brands have an opportunity to show the world they value their customers and treat them as unique individuals.
Twitter not only fosters relationships, but it can also assist security teams in monitoring vulnerabilities. For instance, when a new vulnerability is released, Twitter provides real-time data about how it has been exploited and by whom.
Additionally, Twitter can help identify potential risks by providing context on how they are being exploited in the wild. For instance, we recently observed a tweet regarding an attack that leveraged Abobe Flash (CVE-2018-15982).
To enhance cyber defense, it is essential to monitor social media for cybersecurity events in a timely fashion. To do this effectively, one must gain an in-depth knowledge of social media’s nature and the types of threats present there. Furthermore, monitoring trends in threat behavior can help identify opportunities that can be integrated into your threat mitigation strategy.
To make this task simpler, we designed a framework that uses unsupervised classification to filter tweets for relevance to cyber security. Furthermore, our findings demonstrated that tweets could provide information on cyber threats months before they are listed on the National Vulnerability Database (NVD).
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