Analyst firm Osterman Research has suggested that organisations are increasingly worried about the potential security threat of instant messaging, and how it could distribute viruses, worms and spyware.
The research shows that instant messaging is now concentrating the minds of IT departments as staff download a range of consumer instant messaging clients for both personal and business use, leaving IT with the headache of securing them.
The number of threats to date in 2005 is considerably higher than for all of 2004, with instant messaging's greatest benefit – speed of communications - also creating its greatest threat if allowed to spread unmonitored throughout the enterprise.
The survey revealed that 52% of organisations in the
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