The Benefits and Security Risks of Web-Based Applications for Business

The Benefits and Security Risks of Web-Based Applications for Business

Trend Report

1st Edition - May 28, 2013

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  • Author: Kathleen Kotwica
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124169876

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This trend report provides security executives and practitioners with an overview of the benefits of using web-based applications and tools in the workplace and their security risks. Web-based applications are being used by businesses more and more each year for purposes of improved communication with employees and customers, group collaboration, and marketing and publicity outreach. The benefits of web-based applications for business are many, but so too are the risks associated with them. Data leakage, information manipulation, malware, and authentication security are just a few of the cyber threats discussed in this report. It is critical to weigh the pros and cons of implementing a web-based application in the workplace and plan accordingly to mitigate risk. This report is a valuable resource for any security professional who is considering the adoption of a web-based application for corporate use. The Benefits and Security Risks of Web-Based Applications for Business is a part of Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio, a collection of real world solutions and "how-to" guidelines that equip executives, practitioners, and educators with proven information for successful security and risk management programs.

Key Features

  • Provides security executives and practitioners with an overview of how companies have begun to adopt web-based applications and tools for employee use
  • Describes the benefits of web-based applications and warns of the potential risks associated with their use in the workplace
  • Includes practical recommendations to mitigate the risks of web-based applications

Readership

Mid- to upper-level security managers; chief security officers; chief information officers; college-level educators, specifically in programs that cover security and risk management; IT security practitioners who help facilitate the adoption of new technologies in the workplace

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary

    What is a Trend Report?

    Introduction

    What is Web 2.0?

    Millennial Workers

    Research Findings

    The Benefits of Web-Based Applications and Current Adoption Rates

    The Risks of Web-Based Applications in the Workplace

    Summary

    Additional Resources

    References

    About the Author

    About Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio

Product details

  • No. of pages: 24
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2013
  • Published: May 28, 2013
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124169876

About the Author

Kathleen Kotwica

Kathleen Kotwica
Kathleen Kotwica has a PhD in experimental psychology from DePaul University and has had a career as a researcher and knowledge strategist. Her experience includes positions as information architecture consultant at a New England consulting firm, director of online research at CXO Media (IDG), and research associate at Children's Hospital in Boston.

She has authored and edited security industry trade and business articles and has spoken at security-related conferences including CSO Perspectives, SecureWorld Expo, ASIS, and CSCMP. In her current role as EVP and chief knowledge strategist at the Security Executive Council she leads the development and production of Council tools, solutions, and publications. She additionally conducts industry research and analysis to improve security and risk management practices.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive vice president and chief knowledge strategist, Security Executive Council and Security Leadership Research Institute

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