THE MAGAZINE

Social Networking Security

By John Wagley

It can also be important to ensure that employees do not have administrative access to their work computers, says Tsantes. By denying such access, if employees happen to click on something that’s installing malware it “will prevent most but not all infections.”

Companies may also want to implement some of the newer security measures that can further reduce the exposure to social-networking-site risks. For example, there is technology that can grant access to Facebook and other sites but make the content “read only,” says Tom Clare, Websense’s senior director of product marketing.

Newer types of data loss prevention (DLP) solutions and technology can also be effective at preventing certain kinds of sensitive information from leaving a company’s network. DLP technology tends to be most effective when it is guarding against the loss of specific sensitive information, such as credit or debit card numbers, says Thorseim. Many DLP solutions can be expensive, however, and many of the newer technologies are largely untested.
 

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