“On the eve of midterm elections, Facebook said Monday that it had blocked 115 social media accounts after receiving a warning from federal law enforcement officials of ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior’ that could be linked to foreign entities,” writes Giles Snyder in their recent NPR article entitled “Facebook Blocks More Than 100 Accounts, Citing Possible Foreign Influence.”
“In a blog post Monday night, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, said 85 of the accounts were on the company's Instagram service, with the remainder on Facebook itself,” the article continues.
According to Snyder, “Gleicher wrote that the accounts were immediately blocked after the company was notified Sunday evening of suspicious behavior and that the questionable accounts — potentially linked to foreign entities — are being investigated ‘in more detail."
"[Almost] all the Facebook pages associated with these accounts appear to be in the French or Russian languages, while the Instagram accounts seem to have mostly been in English," Gleicher said, according to the NPR piece.
Snyder explains, “Gleicher said the company typically waits until it is further along in such a probe before publicly acknowledging the steps it takes to remove suspicious accounts, but ‘given that we are only one day away from important elections in the U.S., we wanted to let people know about the action we've taken and the facts as we know them today.’
Immediately, we recognize an essential lesson for you – and your operation.
- You need a proactive operation that lets you recognize, prevent, and stop foreign (or external) threats from impacting your operation
This lesson has many components and would require your team to understand various aspects of your operation further.
But, the critical takeaway is: having a well-organized operation with processes, agile teams, and technology in place to thwart the “bad guys.”
You need Proactive Operations.
Proactive Operations Empowers You to Block External Influence
Proactive and Operations are two words you’ve heard before.
Proactive means controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.
Operations relates to the condition of functioning.
Something powerful happens when you combine the two.
A new way of thinking, understanding, and executing is created.
Proactive Operations defines what every property, in every industry, must strive to achieve.
It represents those operations that have taken or plan to take their operation to the highest level of performance.
Strategy, Infrastructure, and Technology are the three pillars of the Proactive Operations methodology that work together to produce and continuously support a world-class operation.
With Proactive Operations, your organization can manage everything that occurs to ensure a safe and memorable experience for your customers.
Unlike reactive operations, Proactive Operations provides you a disciplined framework for streamlining processes, resources, personnel, information, and communication.
By continuously examining, improving, and optimizing your operation, you program your ability to manage everything 24/7 365 – proactively!
Over to You
Your ability to protect your property, operation, and the people on it is something we know you spend countless hours thinking about – daily. Facebook successfully blocked accounts they deemed to be a foreign influence demonstrating the need for Proactive Operations.
Employ a methodology that affords you the ability to know the ins and outs of your operation. By having this, you too can block outside threats from affecting your property, and the people you’re responsible for protecting.