SOURCE: M86 Security

M86 Security

December 07, 2010 07:00 ET

M86 Security Releases White Paper: "Is Your Acceptable Use Policy Social Media Proof?"

New White Paper Aimed at Helping IT Decision Makers, HR Managers and Executives Update Acceptable Use Policies to Address the Rise of Social Media Use in the Workplace

ORANGE, CA--(Marketwire - December 7, 2010) -  M86 Security, the global expert in real-time Web and email threat protection, today released a new white paper analyzing the impact that social media websites are having on businesses today. Addressing one of the most timely and pressing issues facing corporate IT and HR teams -- the rise in social media usage in the workplace -- the new M86 white paper aims to help organizations leverage social media to their advantage, while keeping employees productive and their networks safe through the implementation of "Acceptable Use Policies" (AUPs).

While the majority of businesses offer detailed guidelines on appropriate telephone and Internet usage, many companies are struggling with adopting procedures as they relate to the use of social media outlets during business hours and while on the corporate network. According to The Nielson Company, in April 2010, it was reported that 110 billion minutes were spent on blogs and social networking sites. While traditionally deemed as personal, or not suitable in a work environment, today, most people on the job rely heavily on these sites for business communication, industry news and business networking. As a result, IT departments are unable to simply "block" the website from the network, which make AUPs critical, particularly when properly extending them to include social media. 

"There are three main reasons for an organization to develop AUPs for email and Web and now social media use in their organizations: to create a safe working environment, optimize employee productivity and ensure Internet security," said Bradley Anstis, vice president of technical strategy, M86 Security. "These three areas impact organizations and employees alike and should effectively work together to ensure employees can do their jobs safely, productively and securely."

The M86 White paper "Is Your AUP Social Media Proof?" covers such key topics as:

  • Understanding why companies need AUPs

  • How to update an AUP to accommodate the increasing popularity and use of social media
  • Why organizations need to be concerned about social media  

  • How to make your AUP social media proof

  • How a successful AUP is more than a simple list of do's and don'ts

To view and download a copy of the latest M86 Security whitepaper, please click here.

About M86 Security
M86 Security is the global expert in real-time threat protection and the industry's leading Secure Web Gateway provider. The company's appliance, software, and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for Web and email security protect more than 25,000 customers and 26 million users worldwide. M86 products use patented real-time code analysis and behavior-based malware detection technologies as well as threat intelligence from M86 Security Labs to protect networks against new and advanced threats, secure confidential information, and ensure regulatory compliance. The company is based in Orange, California with international headquarters in London and development centers in California, Israel, and New Zealand. For more information about M86 Security, please visit:

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