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|Employees Three Times More Active on Social Networking Applications Than Previous Year|
|Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 02:20:36 PM|
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012 – New research published by Palo Alto Networks™, the network security company, indicates explosive growth in global social networking and browser-based file sharing on corporate networks, with a 300 percent increase in active social networking (e.g., posting, applications) compared with activity during the same period in the latter half of 2010. The Palo Alto Networks Application Usage and Risk Report provides a global view into application usage based on assessments of the raw application traffic from more than 1,600 enterprises between April 2011 and November 2011.
"Whether or not employees are using social networks or sharing files at work is no longer a question; this data clearly demonstrates that users are embracing and actively using such applications," said René Bonvanie, chief marketing officer at Palo Alto Networks. "Companies must determine how to safely enable these technologies on their networks so that users can maintain the levels of productivity that many of these applications can afford, while at the same time ensuring that their corporate networks and users are protected against all threats."
The report focuses on three primary findings:
"This is the largest sample size of actual application traffic from enterprises worldwide that we have analyzed since we began this area of research in Spring 2008," said Matt Keil, senior research analyst at Palo Alto Networks. "The most surprising finding from this data is the one that is most counter-intuitive: non-web-based traffic and application use is much more significant than most people think.
Application and Threat Information
Information on the more than 1,400 applications that are identified by Palo Alto Networks can be found in Applipedia, part of the company's Application and Threat Research Center.