14 June 2010 11:20
Employees need to be trained in how to use social media without risking computer safety, according to one expert.
A barometer by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association found that 62 per cent of workplaces surveyed thought viruses from social networking sites presented a 'medium' or 'high' risk to computer safety.
The five biggest threats included 'unrealistic customer expectations', non-compliance with record management regulations, malware, loss of control over content and brand hijacking.
Last month, a separate survey from Consumer Reports found that over half (52 per cent) of adult Facebook users posted personal information online.
Commenting on the barometer, Robert Stroud, the international vice-president of ISACA, said that organisations need to educate staff on how to use social media without risking their own details or that of their company.
"Organisations should implement an effective awareness and education campaign.
"This can be completed by making all staff aware of the correct guidelines and etiquette to aid in the protection of data," he commented.
Posted by Stanley Jack