Understanding Web 2.0 Security in the Workplace

Check Point and Ponemon Institute asked where Web 2.0 security risks rank on the list of priorities. Here are the results.

Key Findings

* Web 2.0 tools significantly lower the security posture of their organizations

* Viruses and malware are common problems for insecure use of Web 2.0 applications, but not the only concern for businesses

* Most IT administrators do not believe their organizations have sufficient resources dedicated to securing critical web applications

* More security consciousness is needed in order to enable employees to utilize Internet applications, without compromising security. It’s a technological and user awareness issue

The Impact of Web 2.0 Use in the Enterprise

82% of IT security administrators surveyed believe social networking, Internet applications and widgets have significantly lowered the security posture of their organization.

Most Common Problems Impacting Network Security

Respondents cited viruses, workplace inefficiencies, malware and data loss as the top concerns caused by insecure use of Web 2.0 applications in the enterprise.

More Security Consciousness Needed

Many respondents believe their organization's employees do not consider security issues in their everyday business communications--when downloading Internet applications, utilizing P2P file sharing sites, opening links, Web browsing and engaging in social networking sites.

Security Accountability

More than half of IT administrators surveyed believe employees play a significant role in mitigating Web 2.0 security risk, followed by CISOs, CIOs, HR and legal departments.

Other Key Characteristics

69% of respondents report through corporate IT (CIO or CTO organizations).

11% report to the CISO.

39% of respondents work in larger-sized organizations with more than 5,000 employees.

A majority of organizations are multinational.

72% of respondents are male, 28% female.

More than 54% are at or above the supervisory level.

For more information and a copy of the full report, "Web 2.0 Security in the Workplace."

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