Social networks such Facebook and Twitter are the new porn, at least according to one security firm that finds three quarters of businesses blocking social nets. But social nets' business potential is so large that by banning them businesses are essentially cutting off their noses to spite their Facebook.
Social networks such Facebook and Twitter are the new porn, at least according to one security firm that finds three quarters of businesses blocking social nets. But social nets' business potential is so large that by banning them businesses are essentially cutting off their noses to spite their Facebook.The ScanSafe survey found that 76 percent of employers are now blocking use of social networking sites at work, a 20 percent jump in that last half year alone.
On the surface, the prohibition is a straightforward response to a business problem: employees are spending too much time tweeting and friending and social networking, eating into productivity and possibly exposing the company to malware and other risks. So far so good, and it's a topic we've talked about before.
The issue, it seems to me, is far more one of personnel management and company policy than "dangerous" technology. If you want to restrict employee use of social networks -- or Webmail or non-business surfing or whatever -- on company time and equipment, fine, and more than reasonable.
But do it with a formal policy, one that contains penalties for violations, and one that is strictly enforced. Tweets and friends should be restricted to business Facebook and Twitter accounts when using company equipment on company time.
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
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