According to Webroot CTO Gerhard Eschelbeck, "One in six of those we surveyed said a social networking site or Web 2.0 application was the source of an infection or attack and over half of companies said their network was infected with spyware this year." So, it is no wonder that employers are getting tough on social network use in the workplace.
Variants of the Koobface social networking worm and other threats are multiplying and they are taking a disproportionate toll on smaller companies. Larger enterprises can afford the dedicated hardware, software and personnel needed to deflect these threats and still allow employees to make legitimate use of social networking sites and rich Internet applications.
Another growing security problem for companies of all sizes is "data leakage" through social networks. That is where sensitive company information, proprietary data, or personal information about employees is exposed through social network use by employees. Again, there are a growing array of tools and techniques that large companies are using to prevent this from happening.
But, smaller companies that have not employed such IT resources in the past are now finding that they either must make the investment or take a more heavy handed approach to dealing with these problems, as the research shows.
More than half of the SMBs surveyed said that they were very or extremely concerned about social network malware infections and almost half said the same thing about data leakage.
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