Quira Encourages Businesses to Look Again at Employee Social Media Use

The increasing use of social media in the workplace brings with it new security risks which organisations need to address.

Online PR News – 26-October-2012 – Guildford, United Kingdon – Quira Limited, an established provider of business compliance and information security solutions and applications to SMEs, today released an updated free white paper which encourages all organisations to undertake a proper assessment of the risks to their business from their employees' use of "Web 2.0" social media applications.

Steve Moore, Senior Consultant at Quira said "We have noticed an increasing number of businesses who have implemented effective physical and technical solutions to prevent the loss of their organisation's data, but have failed to realise how this can be quietly leaked away through unmonitored social media channels. We have released this updated white paper to increase awareness of this issue and to suggest several practical approaches as to how the associated risks can be properly addressed".

Moore continues: "An effective solution may include the introduction of appropriate technical monitoring, a review of Acceptable Use Policies and how these are communicated and enforced, and specific focus on social media risks within employee information security training sessions. Additional protection can be provided by the creation and implementation of a suitable Social Media Policy. Organisations need to ensure that there is clear differentiation between authorised business communications on social media sites and unauthorised gossip, opinion or speculation that may come from individual employees".

"Social Media Applications: Friend or Foe?" can be downloaded from Quira's website.