Websense to prevent employees from watching viral videos

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 28, 2011

San Diego-based Websense will now prevent employees from watching time-wasting, viral videos with its new security software.

The company said that it has released a solution to help IT managers cut down on employees watching time-wasting viral videos and entertainment, while still allowing them to access other, useful content on sites like YouTube, Facebook, and other social sites.

A recent research by Ponemon Institute Research had revealed that 63 percent of more than 4,000 respondents agreed that social media represented a serious business risk, and only 29 percent stated that they had adequate controls to manage the risk.

Websense also introduced other URL categories and social web controls that enable employers to reduce exposure to dangerous data-stealing attacks and command-and-control call-home traffic, while preserving bandwidth.

These features are available on Websense’s TRITON solution, which offers complementary web security, email security, and data loss prevention.

Websense’s new social web controls cover more than 30 different actions on popular sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

For example, an employee on Facebook might be permitted to add friends, but not upload photos or videos. Or they may be permitted read-only access, where they can check the status of friends, but not post anything. IT can also gauge employee morale within departments by monitoring job searches within LinkedIn, or dictate which employees can send tweets within Twitter.