Microsoft recently surveyed nearly four hundred IT Professionals to find out their approaches to Social Networking. You can view the full results here.
I think the findings are interesting as the results suggest that social networking sites are more popular with IT Pros than end users by a factor of nearly two to one.
40% of IT Pros do not see any security concerns in using social networking sites and 46% of companies are not monitoring their use.
I AM concerned that 35% of respondants publish their address and date of birth on these sites.
16% of respondants stated they have downloaded an application without checking it’s safe – I would love to know what steps they took to verify the “safety” of a suspect application…
The whole idea of “downloading” an application in Facebook is quite different to the “traditional approach” as code is not actually downloaded to the client machine – it’s simply enabled on the Facebook website/backend. Rogue applications DO pose a threat to the privacy of both those who install them AND their friends. They DO NOT pose a threat of compromising the security of the client machine as code is not installed there.
I would like to see all organisations providing guidance to their employees regarding the threat to privacy that thoughtless use of social networking sites can lead to. Only 17% of respondants state they have provided guidance to employees and fewer than 5% of the workforce actually say they have received advice.