Yesterday’s announcement by Facebook that they are introducing email capabilities should provide organizations with yet one more reason for banning the use of Facebook at work. In the hope that it will raise additional awareness of the security and compliance risk with unmanaged data transfer I posted the following comments at cio.com:
In case you missed it, today Facebook announced the addition of e-mail capabilities for its users. The initial rollout (US only) starts today and will continue over the next few months. One of the most alarming things to note, Facebook says it doesn’t have a set limit on the size of files that can be sent/received via its e-mail. So, if you don’t have a secure, easy way for employees to share large files… watch out, Facebook e-mail can easily become the next insecure IT workaround.
Let’s face it, smart people will find a way to get the job done, and unfortunately, security is often of secondary concern when evaluating IT workarounds. To keep your employees away from the temptation of using insecure IT workarounds – like Facebook – to share confidential corporate files too large to be sent over the e-mail network, deploying an enterprise solution for managing file transfer solution is essential.