Friday, October 14, 2011

Report: Workplace Social Media Use Means More Malware Attacks

All the employees are doing it.

Posting to Facebook and opening random links on Twitter, that is. But are employers aware of the potential for malware problems?

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Web security company Websense tells us today that more than half (52%) of companies are experiencing regular malware attacks as a direct result of employee social media use at work, which averages 30 minutes per work day according to the report. "Malware" is shortform for "malicious software," which is basically any program that's bad for your computer, laptop or hand-held device.

Websense surveyed more than 4,600 IT and IT security workers in 12 countries.

So an employee was "just" trying to open a total stranger's Twitpic photo and boom! Oh, no -- where's the IT guy!? My computer suddenly isn't working. For IT people, social media sites must be sort of like a STD, the gift that keeps on giving. I don't think there's a vaccine yet, though.

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