Firms must act to prevent data risks

by Christopher Evans

Companies must be more pro-active in forming strong internet usage policies to prevent workers taking security risks with sensitive data, according to new research.

The security firm Webroot, based in the US, has reported that 42 per cent of firms with an internet policy have only drafted them after workers have used networks inappropriately.

In total, just over four-fifths (81 per cent) of firms have rules in place to govern internet access.

Around 47 per cent were concerned about workers' revelations on social networks, with 12 per cent of employers already disciplining workers for misuse.

Facebook was the most banned of social networks – more than a third (39 per cent) have blocked access to the site.

Twitter was blocked by 30 per cent. A fifth (21 per cent) of employers instead restricted employee use of such sites to break times and lunch hours.

However, more than half (53 per cent) cited their biggest concern as being the potential for workers to wreak viruses from malware onto corporate IT systems.

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Published on: November 17, 2010

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