Employees using social media put businesses to risk

A report says that spending too much time on social networks on the job can decrease productivity.

Employees who use social-networking sites expose their company to five risks, a study released by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) has revealed.

In a study titled "Social Media: Business benefits with security, governance and assurance perspectives," the IT governance body said that malicious software, brand hijacking, lack of content control, non-compliance with recordkeeping rules, and unrealistic expectations of internet performance were the top five risks to businesses.

Employees who use personal accounts to discuss work or give away professional news and information can hurt a company's reputation. Spending too much time on social networks on the job can decrease productivity, the report said.

However, it recommended that companies should not block social media sites. Instead, they should embrace them and educate employees on their right use as they can serve as good marketing tools.