CompTIA Security Plus Mock Test Q340

Pete, the system administrator, has blocked users from accessing social media web sites. In addition to protecting company information from being accidentally leaked, which additional security benefit does this provide?

A. No competition with the company’s official social presence
B. Protection against malware introduced by banner ads
C. Increased user productivity based upon fewer distractions
D. Elimination of risks caused by unauthorized P2P file sharing

Correct Answer: B
Section: Compliance and Operational Security

Banner, or header information messages sent with data to find out about the system(s) does happen. Banners often identify the host, the operating system running on it, and other information that can be useful if you are going to attempt to later breach the security of it.

Incorrect Answers:
A: Competition with a company’s social presence is not a security risk or benefit.
C: Many companies allow full use of social media in the workplace, believing that the marketing opportunities it holds outweigh any loss in productivity. But it is still a distraction.
D: Social media web sites is by definition not P2P connections, it is mass distribution of data.

Dulaney, Emmett and Chuck Eastton, CompTIA Security+ Study Guide, 6th Edition, Sybex, Indianapolis, 2014, pp. 344, 406