Digital Marketing, Is it Secure?

Digital Marketing, Is it Secure?

In a previous blog I talk about how good cyber security measures can be an asset to your business. Not only does it enhance effective and smooth operations it also gives your customers confidence in you and your systems. This led me to think about how that could be promoted and I started to think about cyber security issues when marketing.  

Digital marketing is huge and is still growing. Large chunks of marketing budgets are now spent on digital marketing. It takes many forms some are free or very cheap, others can be very expensive. There are now more digital channels than ever. Mobile advertising is in its infancy and targeted advertising is now very common. The market can only grow and become more widespread.
Digital marketing is unique in many ways and one of the most important is that anyone can access the tools needed to do it. They are often free and provided by major advertising platforms. This places it in a very different place to its predecessors.

Previously specialists created and delivered TV, cinema and billboard adverts. That is still true today for many large organizations but many smaller organizations do online marketing themselves. I wonder if they have ever considered cyber security issues when undertaking marketing? An interesting thought.

As we open up our organizations by publishing more and more about ourselves on the Internet we lay ourselves open to social engineers and others who may have a criminal intent. Our blogs, including this one can reveal things about ourselves that could be used against us. It is a fine balance between openness and safeguarding ourselves. We also have to consider the severe impact social media use can have on a business’s reputation. Managing and even trying to control this is very tricky and can back fire in many ways. In this context finding out what is being said about you is vital to know.
Digital marketers also need to know how to safely manage and secure the systems they use. As they may not have an IT or security background it cannot be assumed they know how to do this. Marketing is open in nature and security may seem alien to those in the industry.

This issue is rising in importance and we need to be aware of the cyber risks online marketing can hold. I am not against online marketing it is one of the greatest benefits to advertising in the last 2 decades. The metrics it provides are truly amazing and importantly it is in this context we need to be aware of what information we collect and how we manage it. Digital marketing is the future, lets ensure what we do safely and securely.


Dr John McCarthy

Written by : Dr John McCarthy

Dr John McCarthy is a world renowned authority on CyberSecurity strategy, development and implementation. He holds a PhD in CyberSecurity and eBusiness Development and is an internationally recognized author of a number of works discussing all aspects of CyberSecurity in the modern world

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