Security on social network sites: the case of the British Army

Abanseka, Sylvester (2013) Security on social network sites: the case of the British Army. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The use of Social Network Sites (SNSs) like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as facets of social media has rapidly become an aspect of the daily lives of individuals and organisations leaving behind a huge trail of digital footprints with positive and negative ramifications. Some of these users are in ‘security sensitive’ organisations like the Army. There has been increasing research into the area, a majority of which is to test and warn users of possible privacy and security risks associated with such a fast growing phenomenon. However, there has been no indepth research on the use of SNSs in the UK within a security organisation. This research aims to breach the gap by critically examining the use of SNSs in the British Army, and possible security risks associated with the usage. It identifies the fact that the risks from digital footprints associated with operatives within the organisation go far beyond those of their ordinary civilian counterparts as they bear the added burden of being involved or privy to issues of national and international security. This dissertation will critically examine and question efforts made towards educating and creating awareness considering recent incidents that have been costly or life threatening due to misuse of SNSs by Service Personnel. Amongst other recommendations the research is equally aimed at friends and families of Service Personnel and Civilians, to identify and educate them on the role they play or need to play in trying to reduce the risks their loved ones could be exposed to.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2014 14:52
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:34

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