Pros and cons of user-driven content

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Pros and cons of user-driven content
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           eb 2.0 technologies are resulting in                                   t
                                                      The question then is: “Just how can IT
           a complete cultural shift. And while    security leaders enable access to these sites
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           many organizations and industries       without neglecting security measures that
sit idly trying to understand the implications,    safeguard critical data and disallow the
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their employees and up-and-coming competi-         establishment of yet another vector of
tors are exploiting Web 2.0 to great advantage.    attack for malware?”
   The likes of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter,           Preventing access to Web 2.0 sites
Wikipedia and YouTube are becoming useful          altogether isn’t the right move. But,
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and legitimate tools for more forward-thinking     having no controls in place when it
businesses, nonprofits and politicians alike        comes to the use of these sites isn’t
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to disseminate information to constituents         either. Along with asking how one
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and gain new followers that may not have           allows access, one must decide what
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been reached otherwise. As a result, simply        the limits should be and even take a
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blocking such sites at most organizations is no    step further in deciding what educa-
longer the conventional wisdom.                    tional campaigns should be adopted
                                                                              
				
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Description: Preventing access to Web 2.0 sites altogether isn't the right move. But, having no controls in place when it comes to the use of these sites isn't either. Along with asking how one allows access, one must decide what the limits should be and even take a step further in deciding what educational campaigns should be adopted to teach responsible practices for using this technology.
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