Rising IM use poses corporate security risk

Uncontrolled and insecure instant messaging (IM) use by staff is leaving corporate networks and data exposed to the threat of hackers and virus writers, according to Gartner.

The analyst house claims attackers are shifting their focus from well protected email systems to IM as its use by employees within organisations increases.

Viruses are the main threat and Gartner says IT managers who do not adequately protect public IM will experience 80 per cent more IM-related security incidents than those who do put in stronger defences. Rising IM use poses corporate security risk - Security Strategy - Breaking Business and Technology News at silicon.com

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