IT Management Slideshow: Web 2.0 Security Still Lags

By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 05-26-2009

Web 2.0 Security Still Lags

Many technology managers are having a hard time tracking the use of Web 2.0 technologies and protecting their organizations from the inherent risks of interactive media.

Websense recently conducted an in-depth survey on the matter, asking 1300 IT managers from 10 countries about their attitudes and practices surrounding Web 2.0. The highlights suggest that defenses could use some work.

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62% of IT managers think Web 2.0 is necessary to their business.

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17% of IT managers correctly identified all types of Web 2.0 sites when presented a list.

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86% of IT managers feel pressured to allow access to Web 2.0 sites from within their organization.

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95% of organizations allow access to Web 2.0 sites—on average, to six categories of Web 2.0 sites.

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5% of organizations do not allow their users access to any Web 2.0 sites.

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74% block access to at least one type of Web 2.0 site-on average, to five types of sites.

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77% of organizations allow access to sites that provide e-mail services, such as Hotmail and Gmail.

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74% allow access to Web portals such as iGoogle.

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71% allow access to Wikis.

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64% of IT managers permit access to social network sites primarily used for business.

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49% allow access to social network sites primarily used for personal use.

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94% of organizations have Web security policies in place in an attempt to restrict user access to certain areas of the Internet.

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47% of IT managers say the users in their organization try and bypass their Web security policies.

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27% of respondents admitted to not knowing the access status of some Web 2.0 sites and technologies in their organization.

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45% say they do not have a solution that protects company-confidential data from being uploaded on to the Web.

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46% do not have a solution that enables real-time prevention of malware entering the network.

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52% of organizations can't detect malicious code on trusted Web sites.

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59% of IT managers say they can't stop safe Web sites from routing browsers to unknown sites.

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Two out of three IT shops have no way to analyze or classify Web site content.

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Only 9% of respondents indicated that they have the necessary security tools to protect from all threat vectors across Web, email and data security.

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