Twitter’s former head of security’s SEC filing presents an egregious pattern of security lapses. The alleged widespread lack of basic security hygiene and wilful neglect of best practices at Twitter is unfortunately all too commonplace in many organizations. These organizations are often faced with balancing an expanded security apparatus and a scalable revenue-generating product.
Many of the shortcomings are readily addressable through various integrated security technologies that grow with the revenue-generating production environment, including visibility of all assets on the network and where they’re communicating. Instead, Twitter’s management policies may cost the company massive fines in light of the FTC’s 2011 consent order to create a comprehensive security program.