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How Web 2.0 is Challenging Corporate Security

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The emergence of Web 2.0 is one of the greatest challenges for corporate security managers today. One primary reason it poses such difficulty for the traditional security model is the unregulated way Web 2.0 applications are deployed and used in the corporate environment. It’s what some have termed the “consumerization of IT? – the trend of end-users employing web 2.0 tools/applications at home and then bringing those same tools into the corporate environment.

Examples? Instant messaging, Skype are just two peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies that have found traction in the consumer world but are increasingly used in the corporate environment. More apps/tools are being used everyday without the awareness, much less consent of security managers. The reality is that most security organizations have little to no ability to limit or monitor its use and sometimes the implications to security can be staggering. For instance, P2P file sharing tools like LimeWire and BearShare have been implicated in a number of highly publicized security breaches where proprietary and privacy data has been compromised.

Needless to say, ignoring this web 2.0 problem won’t make it go away. If anything, the notion of unregulated, unmonitored deployment of web 2.0 apps will only increase and so will the security issues surrounding its use.

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Andre Yee

Andre Yee is an entrepreneur and technologist with nearly 20 years of experience in the business of technology.

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