8th Annual "What Keeps Network Administrators Up At Night" Survey Spotlights Heightened Security Concerns for Employee Use of Social Media

May 03, 2011, 13:26 ET from VanDyke Software, Inc.

BOCA RATON, Fla. and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- According to findings from the 8th annual "What Keeps Network Administrators Up At Night" survey commissioned by VanDyke Software® and executed by Amplitude Research®, for two years in a row, four-in-ten survey respondents (40% in 2010 and 42% in 2011) said they were "moderately concerned" to "extremely concerned" about the security threat associated with employee use of social media.  Most others were at least "slightly concerned," as only a minority were "not at all concerned" (12% in 2010 and 11% in 2011) about the security threat to their company due to employee use of social media.

When network and systems administrators were asked to explain in their own words what concerns them most about employee use of social media at their organization, the most common themes were:

  • Viruses (19%)
  • Data / information leaks (19%)
  • Intrusion risk (19%)
  • Users not being careful (9%)
  • Trojan horses / other malware (9%)
  • Concerns about risks to privacy / user information (6%).

In addition to concerns related to security, 21% complained about employees wasting time on social media instead of being productive at work.

More than one-third in both 2011 (36%) and 2010 (37%) reported that their organization allows employees unlimited access to social media when using the company network.  Close to half in both 2011 (48%) and 2010 (48%) reported allowing limited access to social media via the company network.

About the Survey Methodology

Amplitude Research® administered the 2011 study online during early April among IT panelists nationwide.  In total, 364 surveys were completed by respondents who confirmed working as a "network or systems administrator" for their company / organization, with a "maximum sampling margin of error" of +/- 5.1 percentage points.

To obtain an executive summary of the 2011 survey results, contact Michael Krems of Krems Public Relations at krems@kremspr.com.

About Amplitude Research, Inc.

Amplitude Research® is a leading market research firm headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida specializing in b2b and technology market research studies.  Amplitude specializes in full-service survey research including study design, questionnaire writing, data collection, sampling, and data analysis / report writing.  For more information about Amplitude Research, visit the company's website at http://www.amplituderesearch.com.

About VanDyke Software, Inc.

Busy IT professionals depend on VanDyke Software® to deliver rock-solid, easy-to-configure software for secure remote access, secure file transfer, terminal emulation, and remote administration.  VanDyke offers a fully-supported 30-day evaluation of its products prior to purchase, providing both evaluators and customers with a higher level of service.  The company's product offerings include the SecureCRT® Secure Shell terminal emulator, the SecureFX® secure file transfer client, the VanDyke ClientPack, and the VShell® Secure Shell server.  For more information about VanDyke Software, visit the company's website at www.vandyke.com.

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