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Monday, September 17, 2012

Companies are more concerned about their employees’ performance than IT security

Keeping employers off certain sites and blocking the launch of third-party applications are among the most popular ways of ensuring IT security, a survey has found. According to a study conducted by B2B International in July 2012, companies are most likely to restrict access to online games, with 71% of the IT professionals surveyed saying this was part of their strategy.

Slightly less popular methods include restricting or banning social networking sites – a measure mentioned by 68% of those surveyed. From this, it’s possible to conclude that IT specialists risk focusing more on employees’ performance, rather than infrastructure security.

The results also cover measures which are directly related to infrastructure security and data safety. For example, 50% of companies have restricted or prohibited the use of file exchange services, and 47% have enforced similar rules for connecting external devices to work computers.

More worryingly, though, 43% of IT specialists have already faced deliberate or accidental data leakage due to employee actions. This significant figure suggests there is insufficient control in terms of storing and communicating corporate information.

The full report on B2B International’s July 2012 survey results.

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