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3 “Must-Haves” for Securing the Social Web [Websense]

Enterprise Software | Posted on August 10, 2012 by Melissa Alvares

Facebook. Twitter. YouTube. LinkedIn. The web – and in particular, social networking – is changing the way we live and work at a breathtaking pace. In fact, the social web has emerged as a valuable business tool, with its rich applications, real-time interaction and user-generated content. But, in case you haven’t noticed, it also presents significant risks to business.

Consider these realities of today’s Internet:

Or look no further than the recent LinkedIn breach by hackers that saw 6.4 million user passwords stolen and posted on the web. As businesses race to maximize the potential of the web, they also need to take care to protect themselves against the enterprise-size risks that come with it. Doing so means ensuring your business covers the three must-haves for securing the social web:

  1. Beefed up acceptable use policy (AUP) controls. In today’s social web, blocking URLs just doesn’t cut it anymore. You need real-time content classification technology that that scans page content in real time, as the user accesses it, controlling discrete portions of content (not just the entire page) as well as applications used within it.
  2. Real-time security scanning for malware. The social web is built on a dynamic, script-based platform – and so is the modern malware that lives within it. Like real-time content classification used for AUP control, enterprises need to be able to be able to scan for malware in real time.
  3. Accurate data detection for data loss prevention (DLP). With users’ ability to share content comes the risk of theft and loss of data. Your first instinct might be to block, say, all posts to Facebook, but this erodes your business’s utility of the application. A more effective way is incorporating accurate data detection and contextually aware controls for DLP allowing you, for instance, to prevent sensitive customer information from being uploaded to social networking, personal email or storage sites, while still allowing the same data to be posted to your trusted CRM site.

On that first must-have – acceptable use policy control – web filtering offers a great start to providing safe and productive use of the social web by screening inappropriate web content to manage employee productivity and risk. Websense Web Filter features a centralized architecture that scales to any size company, regulating use of more than 150 protocols and applications and providing coverage for both web and non-web applications, and includes real-time security updates to protect users and data. Enterprises can also go several big steps further in securing the social web with a variety of other web security and gateway solutions.

Want to find out more about securing the web for your enterprise and employees? Download this white paper Websense Securing the Social Web  or check out these social media AUP toolkits.

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