Will you permit social networking for your staff?

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Social problems: What do blogs and Facebook mean to your business?

Will you, by coercion or conscience, permit social networking for your staff? Are you prepared to contend with a system that has become as effective a vector for malware as email was to viruses a decade ago?

Five of the top 10 most visited web sites are social networks; it’s the fourth most popular online activity – ahead of email – and more than two thirds of the online population, or about 1 billion users, visit these sites. Facebook has 400 million unique users. Blogger has 222 million, and Twitter has 75 million.

But the security issues in social networking aren't limited to comment control: They also entail a variety of malware distribution holes that exist to facilitate user-generated content uploads.

You'll need to determine what social networking can offer your business units, construct clear benchmarks for 'success', and posit security questions such as how to differentiate user posts with images from malicious web code, and how to ensure secure execution of legitimate SQL interactions.

Does social networking offer you a direct business benefit? Or does it risk the reputation to your business? Vote now in Computerworld's poll.

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