Facebook is the leading social media network in the world, with billions of users worldwide. But Mark Zuckerberg thought about something else this time: security. Cyberattacks have skyrocketed this year, as we’ve seen health care websites, financial websites, social networks, gaming platforms, news outlets, entertainment studios and even the White House cybersecurity breached just this year. There seems like no better time for Facebook to get in on that and capitalize. With that in mind, Facebook just launched ThreatExchange, a new social network that aims to connect business owners to each other so that they can talk about cybersecurity.
The new social network started by Facebook aims to create a bridge between companies confronted with cyberattacks like the massive one on Sony Entertainment, and more. The manifesto of ThreatExchange is that companies and organizations should work together so that cybersecurity problems can be solved easier and in a cooperative manner. It’s a platform for security professionals where they can share their findings, the threats they have encountered and how they fixed them. At the same time, ThreatExchange lets people discuss prevention and eradication of security breaches.
Facebook thinks that by making companies aware of the fact that cyberattacks, malware and phishing attacks occur all over the world and can happen to anyone, spreading from computer to computer and from company to company, they can help create safer digital infrastructure for corporate enterprises. The new platform has already partnered up with Facebook (duh), BItly, Dropbpx, Tumblr, Twitter and Yahoo and there are more to come, once the platform itself starts growing.
The new social network will have its own data feed and storage platform that will be used by members of the network to check out existing threats, learn about them and understand how they infiltrate into company servers and databases. At the same time, the platform will offer a comprehensive organizing system which can be accessed and used by members in order to determine threats and their solutions and will act as an aggregator that gathers information about security threats from all around the world. Companies will be able to share their findings with each other, protected by strict privacy settings which can be customized by the users of the platform. Facebook and ThreatExchange are emphasizing the need for collaboration in the face of increasing cyberattacks all over the world. You can sign up for the service at their newly launched website, but we still have to wait to see the platform in action.