Social networking services as a national cyber security subject
Social networking services are the most popular mass communication media for the actors of virtual communities. Not harmful in their origin, social networking services could be used by the criminals to disseminate harmful content, molding the individual and public opinion and bringing the threat to the national cybersecurity. The development of unified and efficient control over virtual communities to trigger their transition to the desired state is complicated by the absence of a popular classification of social networking services and the simultaneous use of several networking services by the same actor. The contributor suggests the definitions for the “social networking services” term and the “actor” term. The contribution is about analyzing the social networking services and classifying them hierarchically. Considered a wide class of assets to meet the needs of actors in communication, content, expression, socialization and so on. These types of social networking services provide integration of different types of content sharing and coordination of interaction between the actors themselves. The classification approach suggested in the contribution has the certain advantages of its consistency, capacity and accuracy. It specifies interactions between the actors of virtual communities thus enabling an efficient system of national cybersecurity. The results will be used to formalize approaches to develop control actions on the virtual community.
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