Tough companies more likely to be hacked

Outfits that ban social notworking on company PCs much more likely to be hacked, according to surprising new figures.

A report in IT security issued by Telus and the Rotman School of Management surveyed 649 firms and found companies that ban employees from using social media suffer 30 percent more computer security breaches than ones that allow free use of sites like Facebook and Twitter.

According to The Star,  Rotman boffin Dr. Walid Hejazi said that part of the problem about being autocratic to your staff is that they will sit down and work out ways to get around your policy.

Employees banned from social networks often download software onto company computers allowing them to circumvent firewalls and access forbidden sites.

This allows them to tweet on the job but also create security gaps hackers are happy to exploit.

Hejazi said it was simpler and more secure to let staff access social media.

He said that the right strategy isn’t to block all access. The right strategy is to allow access, but to bring in awareness training with it so people fully understand what they’re doing.

The report said that companies who devote a higher percentage of their IT budgets to security are the least likely to lose information to hackers.

However it said that firms are never able to compensate for bad behaviours and habits. They will always find a way to get around security measures if they’re motivated, the report said.