The Federal Chief Information Officers Council, in a new document entitled Guidelines for Secure Use of Social Media by Federal Departments and Agencies, says the decision for a federal department or agency to permit social media must involve a risk-based decision-making process that requires strong business justifications that identify mission requirements and drive toward an expected outcome.

Very interesting. Here’s a security-conscious take from a bureaucracy that’s emerging from a closed culture into a more open one on how to take on social media. One big step forward: this moves from a technical discussion of security to a broader look at risks around human interaction as well… and how to mitigate them.

It isn’t the Cluetrain Manifesto. But it is one way that a relatively cautious culture can move forward, instead of staying mired in fear… and the past.

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