ScanSafe Data Puts Workplace Web Gamblers in Spotlight
By Miriam H
ScanSafe’s latest data on corporate Web usage, compiled from Web traffic the company scanned in February, revealed that 49 percent of it was non-productive, including requests for gambling, music, porn and Webmail sites.

Blocks to gambling sites were up 22 percent for the period from January 2006 to January 2007.

Dan Nadir, Vice President of product strategy at ScanSafe added that the major annual events such as Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl tend to encourage unproductive Web traffic in the work place. In the week prior to the Super Bowl, the company saw a 77 percent increase in US-based requests for gambling and sports-related sites.

“Beyond the negative impact on productivity, uncontrolled use of the Web can have serious and costly consequences for businesses of all sizes including exposure to legal liability, disclosure of confidential information, breaches of compliance requirements and unnecessary bandwidth consumption,” commented Nadir.

ScanSafe is a leading provider of Web Security-as-a-Service with offices in London and San Mateo, California.

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