Social media is fast becoming the new cigarette break and the time workers spend using social media is set to eclipse the amount of time smokers spend on cigarette breaks. In the last 12 months a Nielson study has found the amount of time workers spend on Facebook
has risen by 82%. Employees on average now spend 6 hours per month on just Facebook alone. That doesn’t take into account Twitter, Linked In, YouTube, and various instant messaging sites.
Gone is the time when an organisation could just blacklist social media sites. Social media is increasingly being integrated into the business environment and employees often
legitimately need to use various social media. Rather than having an inflexible allow or deny policy there are security products out there that can help companies monitor and control their employees’ social media behaviour.
Social Media Control functionality includes:
- You can allow some groups access at particular times of day (ie before and after hours and lunchtimes)
- You can set different groups time caps for each day. A marketing department and senior management groups may have all day access, the general population may get a 1 hour per day quota and once they use that up they no longer have access until the following day
- You can also split your policies up depending on application. YouTube might be banned in one group but other applications like Facebook and Twitter can be available.
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