Among Other Findings, Study Concludes That DLP is Important but Not Practiced Universally; Role of Web Filtering Has Changed from Security-Centric to Business-Related
SANTA CLARA, Calif., February 17, 2009 - McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE), today announced the results of a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of McAfee. Forrester surveyed 253 global IT professionals and security decision makers in companies around the world, ranging from 500 to 5000 employees, finding — among other things — that the role of Web filtering is changing from a security-centric function to more of a business function.
Increasing numbers of organizations are using Web filtering beyond basic security protection to incorporate functions such as productivity management, traffic quality of service (QoS) management, and even single sign-on (SSO). The study examined the use of Web 2.0 technology in the enterprise, finding that it will continue to grow in the near future, with social networking and streaming media becoming commonplace, and critical to business operations.
The study suggests that Web 2.0 usage will continue to increase. An increasing number of companies said that Web 2.0 usage takes more than fifty percent of their bandwidth. Sixty three percent of companies surveyed believe that the use of Web 2.0 applications would increase in their organization in the next 12 months, and many respondents indicated that they consider these Web 2.0 applications useful for business purposes. The answers from the US and the European respondents were remarkably similar, signifying a universal acceptance and the trend of increasing Web 2.0 usage across the US and Europe.
Corporations Place DLP high on the list but are slow to implement safety measures:
As McAfee reported three weeks ago in its Unsecured Economies report, Forrester found that data leaks remain one of the top concerns for organizations. When asked to rate the impact of several Web-related risks, including data leaks, malware, loss of productivity, non-business use of bandwidth, and liability for inappropriate content, respondents chose data leaks as the number one issue on the Web. Although eighty six percent consider data leaks an important threat, when asked what policy they have to govern internal employees contributing content to external blogs and wikis, only sixty eight percent said they impose some form of restriction (either complete block or selective block), while thirty one percent said they do not have any restriction for employees to access these third-party sites.
According to the study, “It is clear DLP is a top-of-mind concern for many organizations. Web communication, however, remains a weak link. Despite the fact many companies in this survey consider data leaks an important business threat, only a small percentage is actually using DLP technologies in outbound Web communication.”
Other significant findings include:
Recommendations Based on Study Findings:
When considering enhancements and next-generation Web filtering technologies, organizations should look to vendors with these capabilities:
In response to these study findings, McAfee has launched a micro site to raise awareness of Web 2.0 threats, provide essential guidance on threat protection and deliver leading solutions that help organizations protect themselves in today’s environment. Additionally, McAfee will host a timely and informative webinar featuring leading industry analyst Chenxi Wang of Forrester Research.
Please join us in this live, interactive webcast to learn what is essential for protecting against existing and future threats when conducting business in the evolving Web environment. For more information, please click here: https://www.livemeeting.com/lrs/1100005887/Registration.aspx?pageName=7m2kx38q1sqc154q
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