The online survey of 257 security professionals was conducted between February 4 and March 12, 2010, and covered a range of security topics in addition to social media, including smartphones, healthcare, and cloud computing.
Key findings include:
* 59% maintain a social media policy * 39% of respondents' organizations ban social media use * 46% of respondents were unsure if their employees comply with social
media policy, despite the majority having visibility into social media use
"Even though almost 40% of respondents ban employee social media use, this type of policy is a knee-jerk reaction to the serious security risks associated with social media and is not necessarily effective," says Andrew Storms, Director of Security Operations for nCircle. "The real security concern when it comes to social media is what employees are divulging via their social networking activity and how that affects the security of their employer."
Storms recommends employers engage in ongoing, detailed communication about the risks of social media so that employees better understand what types of activity do and do not affect corporate security.
nCircle is the leading provider of automated security and compliance auditing solutions. More than 4,500 enterprises, government agencies and service providers around the world rely on nCircle's proactive solutions to manage and reduce security risk and achieve compliance on their networks. nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. Additional information about nCircle is available at www.ncircle.com.