Understanding Web 2.0 security in the workplace

Check Point and Ponemon Institute asked where Web 2.0 security risks rank on the list of priorities


  • Web 2.0 tools significantly lower the security posture of their organisations
  • Viruses and malware are common problems for insecure use of Web 2.0 applications, but not the only concern for businesses
  • Most IT administrators do not believe their organisations have sufficient resources dedicated to securing critical web applications
  • More security consciousness is needed in order to enable employees to utilise Internet applications, without compromising security. It’s a technological and user awareness issue
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The impact of Web 2.0 use in the enterprise

82% of IT security administrators surveyed believe social networking, Internet applications and widgets have significantly lowered the security posture of their organisation.

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Most common problems impacting network security

Respondents cited viruses, workplace inefficiencies, malware and data loss as the top concerns caused by insecure use of Web 2.0 applications in the enterprise.

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More security consciousness needed

Many respondents believe their organisation's employees do not consider security issues in their everyday business communications - when downloading Internet applications, utilising P2P filesharing sites, opening links, web browsing and engaging in social networking sites.

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Security accountability

More than half of IT administrators surveyed believe employees play a significant role in mitigating Web 2.0 security risk, followed by CISOs, CIOs, HR and legal departments.

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Other key characteristics

  • 69% of respondents report through corporate IT (CIO or CTO organizations)
  • 11% report to the CISO
  • 39% of respondents work in larger-sized organizations with more than 5,000 employees
  • A majority of organizations are multinational
  • 72% of respondents are male, 28% female
  • More than 54% are at or above the supervisory level.


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