Survey: 71% of Companies Able to Monitor Employee Social Media Use

Author: Don Martelli
Published: April 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm


A new survey by nCircle shows that over 70 percent of corporations have visibility into employee use of social media.

The online survey of 257 security professionals was conducted between February 4 and March 12, 2010, and covered a range of security topics in addition to social media, including smartphones, healthcare, and cloud computing.

The study also found that:

  • 59% maintain a social media policy
  • 39% of respondents’ organizations ban social media use
  • 46% of respondents were unsure if their employees comply with social media policy, despite the majority having visibility into social media use

“Even though almost 40% of respondents ban employee social media use, this type of policy is a knee-jerk reaction to the serious security risks associated with social media and is not necessarily effective,” says Andrew Storms, Director of Security Operations for nCircle.

Storms recommends employers engage in ongoing, detailed communication about the risks of social media so that employees better understand what types of activity do and do not affect corporate security.

A simple search of social media for business or social media policies will turn up a slew of results, ranging from specific policies around using specific channels or very broad policies that are as simple as "be smart."

Long story short, employees have to assume that big brother is watching and should use that premise as a content creation filter, i.e. don't post anything that you will regret or could get fired for.


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