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Mobile social networking changes face of company security

WorkLight : 19 May, 2008  (Technical Article)
Companies which allow access to social networking as a business tool need to take different aspects of security into account for employees who access social networking sites from mobile devices.
WorkLight says that the fact that UK mobile phone users are taking their online social networking beyond their home and office environment changes the security paradigm for most firms.

'This week's research from Nielsen claims to show that 25 per cent of members of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace are using their mobile phones to interact highlights the powerful effect that these sites are having on people's lives,' said David Lavenda, WorkLight's vice president of marketing and strategy.

'At the same time, the migration to the mobile Internet also changes the ballgame as far as company security is concerned,' he added.

According to Lavenda, the advent of the mobile social networks coupled with increased use of these sites for business tasks - particularly for promotion of products and services on a business-to-business and business-to-consumer basis - requires that management think carefully about the possible repercussions.

'Nielsen's research shows that Facebook is undoubtedly the social networking site of choice amongst UK mobile Internet users. At the same time, it is paramount that access to Facebook is safeguarded, particularly when it comes to staff use of Applications at work and networking with unauthenticated users,' he said.

'Our Enterprise technology allows companies to develop secure environments for employees to access social networking and other Web 2.0 Internet-based services, even where advanced services like RSS are involved.' he added.
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