We all know that employees use social networks and browser-based file sharing at work. But, new research from Palo Alto Networks reveals just how deeply Web 2.0 tools have penetrated the workplace –and how important it is for companies to prepare for potential threats from social media and file sharing apps.
After analyzing raw application traffic from more than 1,600 enterprises between April 2011 and November 2011, Palo Alto Networks found that:
Social media use is exploding, especially for Twitter. The study revealed that bandwidth consumption for Facebook Apps, Social Plugins and posting increased from 5 percent (October 2010) to 25 percent (December 2011) when measured as a percentage of total social networking bandwidth. Twitter browsing at work alone grew by more than 700 percent year-over-year. (more…)