Today, at a time when information can become a full-fledged economic weapon, when pirates have dreamed up thousands of ways to break into networks, and when a comment posted on Facebook can damage a company's reputation, CIOs are faced with several challenges:
- Securing the network both from the outside and the inside, because users are often the starting point for viruses and malware when they download an infected document or unknowingly click on a pirated link.
- Managing access and content viewed in order to protect the company from legal proceedings concerning potential abuse by employees and visitors, as well as to boost flagging productivity.
- Controlling the use of various Web 2.0 applications, because the company may be responsible for postings on social networks made from a company workstation.
- Preventing data leaks. The risk of data leaks has increased through instant messaging and social networks. Employees are often best able to identify the important information in the enterprise.
- Conserving bandwidth by prioritizing browsing for business purposes over personal Internet usage.