Survey spotlights heightened security concerns for employee use of social media

According to findings from the 8th annual What Keeps Network Administrators Up At Night survey commissioned by VanDyke Software®and executed by Amplitude Research®, for two years in a row, four-in-ten survey respondents (40 percent in 2010 and 42 percent in 2011) said they were “moderately concerned” to “extremely concerned” about the security threat associated with employee use of social media. Most others were at least “slightly concerned,” as only a minority were “not at all concerned” (12 percent in 2010 and 11 percent in 2011) about the security threat to their company due to employee use of social media.

When network and systems administrators were asked to explain in their own words what concerns them most about employee use of social media at their organization, the most common themes were:

  • Viruses (19 percent);
  • Data/information leaks (19 percent);
  • Intrusion risk (19 percent);
  • Users not being careful (9 percent);
  • Trojan horses/other malware (9 percent); and
  • Concerns about risks to privacy/user information (6 percent).

In addition to concerns related to security, 21 percent complained about employees wasting time on social media instead of being productive at work.

More than one-third in both 2011 (36 percent) and 2010 (37 percent) reported that their organization allows employees unlimited access to social media when using the company network. Close to half in both 2011 (48 percent) and 2010 (48 percent) reported allowing limited access to social media via the company network.

Source: VanDyke Software, Inc.; www.vandyke.com.