Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged here. I guess it’s no wonder, with so much going on in my non-blog life. My daughter graduated from high school (yikes). I took her to Atlantis to celebrate, which was awesome. I got *another* cat. And a new job. I now work mostly from home and mostly in some form of workout clothes or pajamas most days. In short, life kind of rocks right now.
In my new role at Strategic Communications Group, a content marketing and sales enablement consultancy, I’m working with cool clients writing and doing social media management and learning a ton. Most of it has nothing to do with social media or community management, but one thing I’ve been learning about is cybersecurity, which, as it turns out, has a lot to do with social media.
I found it a little ironic that last week when TweetDeck was taken down by hackers, I was busy learning about cybersecurity and how social media is actually very vulnerable to cyber attacks. This handy diagram illustrates how it works. Yikes. I’m not usually a paranoid person but reading stuff like this is making me understand why IT people are so paranoid about social media.
When stuff like the TweetDeck hack happens, I, like many people, just assume that it’s someone just fooling around, trying to be funny and maybe make some headlines. But what I’m learning is that it’s probably much worse than that--cyber terrorists are a real thing. Like the time the Associated Press’s Twitter account was hacked--at the time I thought it was just a jokey thing orchestrated by a bored kid in his/her basement or something. Nope--turns out it’s much bigger than that--there’s a whole world of Tom Clancy-ish stuff going down in cyber world that I never had a clue about. Who knew?
Some (most) people would say that changing jobs four times in just over a year is crazy and career suicide. My dad was just showing me pictures of his award for 50 years of service at FDA, and my husband has been at the same place for going on 15 years now--I am definitely the outlier, career-wise, among my family and friends. But I’m learning a ton both on the job and about myself, and so far am apparently still employable. So go figure. And next time you read about a Twitter hack or some other cyber attack, be a little afraid….I know I will be.