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Web 2.0 security forum established to protect businesses.

WorkLight : 31 January, 2008  (New Product)
Recognising the value of web 2.0 in the enterprise, WorkLight sets up the Secure Enterprise 2.0 forum to establish secure working practices using the technology.
WorkLight has announced the inception of the "Secure Enterprise 2.0 Forum." Led by senior information security executives from Fortune Global 500 corporations, the initiative will raise awareness, define industry standards and best practices, and facilitate interoperability for secure use of Web 2.0 technologies in the enterprise.

Security is becoming a major issue for the consumerisation of technology in the workplace, defined by analysts as the most important corporate IT trend for the foreseeable future. Today, Web 2.0 technologies are present in the enterprise, both with and without the blessing of corporate management and IT departments. As the workforce becomes younger and tech-savvy, grassroots adoption of widgets and gadgets, RSS, personalised homepages, social networks, instant messaging, blogs and wikis is becoming standard practice within organizations worldwide. To meet this trend, WorkLight has spearheaded efforts to assemble a top-tier group of industry experts that will examine security issues for Web 2.0 adoption and implementation in corporate environments.

The Forum's debut event, held Wednesday in London, featured keynote speakers, group discussions and a plenary session that seeks to bring new clarity to the promises and pitfalls of Enterprise 2.0. Speakers at the event include Thomas Raschke, a senior security analyst from Forrester Research, Shlomo Kramer, a recognized security expert, CEO of Imperva, and a co-founder of Checkpoint Software, as well as Yuval Tarsi, CTO and co-founder of WorkLight.

"Very early on we identified the issue of security as a critical decision factor for companies deploying Web 2.0 solutions in the Enterprise," said Yuval Tarsi, CTO and co-founder of WorkLight. "In order for IT consumerisation to become pervasive, Enterprise 2.0 vulnerabilities must be addressed as a joint effort by experts across many industries and sectors. The Forum is an important step forward in allowing business to make use of the power of Web 2.0 technologies in the enterprise, to increase productivity and to become more competitive."

Dr Chenxi Wang, a principal analyst and a top security expert at Forrester Research, has highlighted the need for adequate safeguards - "The Internet today is an increasingly risky environment, not just for consumers but also for enterprise users accessing from work. The advent of Web 2.0 sees a new wave of rich, interactive content that promises to be fertile ground for malware gestation".

Thomas Raschke, Forrester's leading expert on European IT security, risk management, and compliance, addressed these issues at the Forum's debut session.

The following are perspectives from some of the founding members of the Forum:
"The adoption of consumer technologies in the workplace increases the linkage between Web applications and other business systems. This linkage in turn increases the need for a complete application data security and compliance solution with full visibility into data usage and user behaviour, from the data in the database through the application end user," said Shlomo Kramer, president and CEO of Imperva. "I believe this Forum will be invaluable as a means for defining best practices to address the security challenges related to the adoption of Web 2.0 technology in the workplace."

"For the Financial Services industry, security is absolutely paramount. When we consider new technology adoption, Web 2.0 or otherwise, we need to explore every vulnerability and risk factor and ensure our customers' data is protected," said Chris Swan, Director, IT Research & Development, Credit Suisse. "We look forward to working together with our peers to establish tangible guidelines in a multi-industry open discussion."

"As an international financial institution with a global footprint, our customers rely on us to ensure their financial and personal data is safeguarded at all times and in all locations, while offering them the highest levels of service and efficiency," said John Meakin, Group Head of Information Security, Standard Chartered Bank. "Therefore it is absolutely critical that we maintain trust in our security, while providing our employees with the collaboration and interactivity tools that enable them to operate effectively and be very responsive and innovative for our customers."

'Consumer technology is finding its way onto corporate desktops, and the right controls must be defined and implemented to manage the associated risks,' said Stephen Bonner, Head of Information Risk Management at a global financial services organization. 'The intention of the Secure Enterprise 2.0 Forum is to work together to improve the management of threats to corporate assets via Web 2.0 technologies and services, both current and future.'

"As both a global news organisation and a financial data and analysis provider, we believe safeguarding critical assets must go hand-in-hand with maximizing our direct contact with clients," said Simon Riggs, Global Head of IT Security with Reuters. "Web 2.0 solutions not only increase internal employee productivity and collaboration, but also enhance the interaction with clients using widgets and gadgets and other innovative solutions. This added-value cannot come blindly at the expense of security; you've got to consciously trade off the relative risks and benefits.'

"The traditional command and control capacity of the IT department in the enterprise is being eroded, as more collaboration and mind-sharing tools are used at work," said Graeme Burnett, top security executive at a global investment management firm. "Consequently, we believe that security must be a critical centrepiece for any Web 2.0 technology in the workplace."

'To get business advantage, the Enterprise 2.0 wants to use these cutting-edge tools for collaboration, both amongst employees and between organisations', said Andrew Yeomans, a top security expert at a leading financial institution and a member of the Jericho Forum. 'We hope the Forum will establish guidelines for secure interoperability in a trustworthy environment that meets corporate and regulatory requirements.'

"The security risk associated with utilising popular consumer applications in the workplace may result in information leakage and compromised corporate privacy," said Avi Corfas, an internationally-recognized security expert. "Beyond functionality and improved user experience, Web 2.0 must be examined under the scrutinising eye of the corporate watchdog. This is what we hope to achieve at the Forum."

Interested end-user organizations, vendors, integrators, consultants, analysts, and other interested parties are invited to join the Forum.
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