Half of web use by employees is non-work related


Half of web use by employees is non-work related

Antony Savvas

Half of all web traffic (49%) in the workplace is non-productive, including gambling, music, porn and web mail.

In its monthly Global Threat Report, ScanSafe, which provides on-demand web security to firms, said its web filtering blocks were up 8% last month when compared to January.

The company reported that 14% of blocks were for advertising and promotion, 12% of blocks were to chat and instant messaging (IM) sites, and 10% of blocks were for web mail.
In addition, music, gambling and porn sites each accounted for 4% of blocks, and  blocks to gambling sites were up 22% over January.

“Beyond the negative impact on productivity, uncontrolled use of the web can have serious and costly consequences for businesses of all sizes, including exposure to legal liability, disclosure of confidential information, breaches of compliance requirements and unnecessary bandwidth consumption,” said Dan Nadir, vice president for product strategy at ScanSafe.

ScanSafe also reported that it blocked 24 new IM threats in February, 54% of which affected MSN Messenger compared to 21% that affected Yahoo! AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was affected by 17% of the threats.

The latest ScanSafe Global Threat Report is based on real-time analysis of more than six billion web requests and more than 12 million web threats scanned by the company in February.

Blended security threats spiral


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