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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 18:16

From Information Week

Enterprises are increasingly allowing employees to access unsupported applications and devices over their networks, in spite of the security risks, according to a Cisco study.

The siren call of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are too tempting for many employees to ignore from their workplace, according to a new study conducted for Cisco by InsightExpress.

 



In the study of 512 IT decision-makers in the United States, Japan, Germany, China, and India, 56% determined that employees used unsupported applications. Of those, 68% were accessing social networking sites, the report found. In addition, 47% were running collaborative sites such as Google Apps and 47% ran peer-to-peer sites, according to the study. One-third were using cloud applications such as Amazon S3, the research showed.

"As the lines between personal and business computing increasingly blur, it is becoming clear that employees are going to use social networking and personal devices whether permitted or not," said Fred Kost, director of security solutions at Cisco, in a statement.

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