Social Networks Are a Corporate Cybercrime Threat

Just as more workplaces are allowing their employees to
use social networking sites on the job, the sites are getting more
infected by malware, thus becoming more dangerous, and giving corporate IT folks
one more thing to worry about.

Larry
Barrett
of eSecurityPlanet.com
came across a
new study
by security company Sophos that’s full of scary facts and figures
about social networking sites and the risks they present. It says 72 percent of more than 500 companies
surveyed believe sites like Facebook and Twitter pose serious risks to their
companies’ data, and that IT is dealing with a record number of spam and malware
attacks, most of them originating from social networking sites.

Sixty percent of
respondents said Facebook was their most feared social networking site,
followed by MySpace at 18 percent, Twitter at 17 percent and LinkedIn at 4
percent.

Despite the risks,
enterprise clients are conflicted on how best to balance the risks and rewards
of social media. According to Sophos, 49 percent of companies surveyed allow
their employees to have unfettered access to Facebook – up 13 percent from a
year ago – even though they know that much of the spam and malware infecting
their networks originates on the site.

When cybercrooks have can find a route into the 
corporate network and all of its attached computers, they pose a real threat to a
company’s reputation. Perhaps it’s not such a good idea to let the workforce
poke each other on Facebook all day.

— Don Willmott

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