By 2014, number of firms blocking social media will fall by 20%

The tech analysis firm said the number of organisations blocking access to all social media is dropping by around 10 percent a year.


Bangalore:Fewer than 30 percent of largeorganisations will block employee access to social media sitesby 2014, compared with 50 percent in 2010, according totechnology researcher Gartner, Inc.

The number of organisations blocking access to all socialmedia is dropping by around 10 percent a year, it said in astatement.

By 2014, number of firms blocking social media will fall by 20%

The number of organisations blocking access to all socialmedia is dropping by around 10 percent a year.Reuters

"Even in those organisations that block all access tosocial media, blocks tend not to be complete," said AndrewWalls, research vice president at Gartner."Certain departments and processes, such as marketing,require access to external social media, and employees cancircumvent blocks by using personal devices such assmartphones. Organisations need now to turn their attention tothe impacts of social media on identity and access management(IAM)."

Gartner said that social media environments includemechanisms to collect, process, share and store a morecomplete range of identity data than do corporate IAM systems.

They enable a more complete view of identity, one that extendsbeyond the bounds of organisations. For IAM managers, this isboth a threat and an opportunity.

Identity data and social media platforms can exposeorganisations and users to a wide variety of security threats,but organisations can also use this identity data to improvesupport for their own IAM practices and the ambitions of
business stakeholders, it was noted.

PTI

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