Blocking Facebook

Aug 22, 2007 Posted by

50% of employees are being block from accessing Facebook at work, according to a new survey by Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control.

imageThe two primary reasons for blocking Facebook…

1) “…a large number of Facebook profile pages contain users’ current employment details, which could be used together with other stolen information by cybercriminals bent on committing corporate fraud, or to infiltrate company networks.”  and 2) Fear of lost productivity…or better described as Facebook being a “procrastinator’s paradise”.

Keep in mind,  Sophos has a vested interest in the results as “[their] WS1000 appliance defends firms against web threats, and allows IT departments to block access to unapproved sites. and has a vested interest in blocking sites. ”  Nonetheless, these are very interesting results that I would tend to agree based on some recent experiences.  A few weeks ago, I tried to log onto Facebook from a Fortune 100 clients site with no success — it was blocked. 

What’s will change? Today, 8% of companies polled did not block access to Facebook fearing employee backlash.  This number will inevitably increase as the younger demographic, already dependent on Facebook and their mobile phone, continue to invade the workforce.   

As companies continue to put blogging policies in place, I think we will increasingly see “Facebook policies”.  University administrators and athletic departments, in particular, are putting more rigor around what their athletes post on Facebook.   

As Stuart Scott from ESPN would say, “you can’t stop Facebook, you can only hope to contain it”.

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