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Plenty of IM Security Holes Left to Plug

Instant Messaging can speed critical communications across the corporate network, saving time and giving an edge to team projects. The trouble is that IM also can speed viruses into the network, and shoot corporate secrets out to competitors without leaving any trail behind it. IM technology, at this point in its maturity level, isn’t the most secure of communication tools. And what’s making it a real nightmare for IT and security managers is that a lot of employees are running wild and uncensored, downloading their favorite IM software and running under IT’s radar. Without IT to keep an eye it, there’s no way to put the brakes on what could be a huge security problem. ”IM is becoming as common as email, but firms cannot permit their staff to just sign up for AOL or Yahoo! Messenger and be done with it,” says Damon Kovelsky, an analyst with Financial Insights, a research firm based in Framingham, Mass. Full Story

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