IT managers are under pressure from the top executives in their organizations to relax their policies on Web security in order to make users more productive. A new survey of more than 1,000 IT managers found that sales and marketing personnel also are leaning on IT staffs to make life easier for users who already are using tools such as Google Apps and social networking sites on their own.
SearchSecurity.com is reporting that IT workers are feeling the pressure from all over.
Pressure to relax Web security policy is increasing as well. The survey found that 86% of IT managers reported feeling pressure to allow more access to social networking websites, online collaboration tools and other cloud-based technologies. The pressure is coming from multiple sources, including C-level executives, marketing departments and sales.
Despite the pressures, 80% are confident in their organizations Web security practices. However, the survey found many organizations lack Web application firewalls and other tools for defending against Web-based attacks.
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