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According to a new report by FaceTime, an Internet applications control specialist, the number of data leaks and malware incidents continues to rise as employees continue to embrace the whole Web 2.0 thing within the workplace. In fact, FaceTime says, the use of such applications is so widespread that some 60 percent of all companies surveyed now have at least eight of them in use on their corporate networks.

"For all four years that FaceTime has commissioned this survey, end users have claimed they have the right to download and use whatever applications they choose to help them do their jobs. This year's study also reveals their social media habits have extended into the workplace and may be contributing to security and data leakage incidents," said Frank Cabri, vice president of marketing and product management at FaceTime.

Unfortunately, one side effect of this growth would seem to be that IT managers are now reporting an average of 34 security incidents, including data leakage, every month. Another, at least for the larger enterprise, is the small matter of the costs associated with malware are now averaging out in excess of $125,000 per month according to the report.

Some of the other findings that leap out of the report include:

79% of employees use social media such as Facebook and YouTube at work for business reasons

51% access social media sites at least once per day

73% of IT managers report at least one security incident as a result of Internet application usage

37% of companies report an instance of non compliance with corporate or regulatory policy

27% report incidents of accidental or unintentional data leakage

Others have also concluded that Web 2.0 is a cause for concern but it is not all bad news for Web 2.0 fans though, IDC recently reported that Web 2.0 was good for business.

As Editorial Director and Managing Analyst with IT Security Thing I am putting more than two decades of consulting experience into providing opinionated insight regarding the security threat landscape for IT security professionals. As an Editorial Fellow with Dennis Publishing, I bring more than two decades of writing experience across the technology industry into publications such as Alphr, IT Pro and (in good old fashioned print) PC Pro. I also write for SC Magazine UK and Infosecurity, as well as The Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Along the way I have been honoured with a Technology Journalist of the Year award, and three Information Security Journalist of the Year awards. Most humbling, though, was the Enigma Award for 'lifetime contribution to IT security journalism' bestowed on me in 2011.

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