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Web 2.0 security challenges to be addressed at forum

WorkLight : 23 July, 2008  (Technical Article)
Securing the enterprise in an environment which benefits from web 2.0 technology to be held by WorkLight
WorkLight has announced that the Secure Enterprise 2.0 Forum will be addressing security issues surrounding consumer Web 2.0 adoption for business at The Open Group Conference, held this week in Chicago. Forrester Research's foremost Web 2.0 security expert, Dr Chenxi Wang, will be speaking at the event.

As businesses worldwide seek new ways to engage customers and partners, the proliferation of Web 2.0 services raise legitimate security concerns. Including members from Global Fortune 500 companies, the Secure Enterprise 2.0 Forum was created as an industry initiative to address these concerns and provide companies with an open discussion platform to discuss how to securely leverage consumer Web 2.0 tools for real business gain.

"It's absolutely clear that consumer Web 2.0 tools are becoming a valuable piece of the business puzzle, and that companies need to prepare for this change now - not later," said David Lavenda, VP Marketing & Product Strategy, WorkLight. "We launched the Secure Enterprise 2.0 Forum together with some of the industry's most notable experts for just this purpose - to address the issues and challenges involved in the adoption of these tools for business purposes."

Secure Enterprise 2.0 forum participants will present the following sessions on Wednesday, July 23, at the Open Group Enterprise Architecture Practitioner's Conference held at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago:.

* "Beyond Ajax and Flash: What You Need to Know About Web and Enterprise 2.0 Security" - Dr. Chenxi Wang, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research. 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm CT.
* "The Essential Elements of Web 2.0 Security" - Yuval Tarsi, Founder and CTO, WorkLight. 3:00 - 3:30 pm CT
* Birds of a Feather Meeting - Defining a work agenda for the Forum, creating initiatives for gaining member acceptance of the group's goals and objectives, and outlining a charter and membership model. 5:30 - 6:30 PM CT.

Dr Chenxi Wang, a principal analyst and a top security expert at Forrester Research, highlights 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". ("Web Filtering Market Overview 2007: Managing Risks on the Web, November 2007).

Past participants have commented about the Secure Enterprise 2.0 Forum:

'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 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."

"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.'
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