Web 2.0 security firm WorkLight says that this week's security lapse on Facebook, which reportedly allowed a programmer access to a number of users' private photo libraries, is an indication of what can go wrong if companies continue to use public social networking sites without security safeguards in place.
"Newswire reports suggest that a number of users' pictures, including those of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder, were revealed, even though the photos were tagged as only being visible to the member and associated friends," said David Lavenda, vice president of marketing and product strategy with WorkLight.
"Just imagine what would happen if a B2C (business to consumer) document such as an employment contract were to leak in this way. The potential employee could see his or her personal details, including bank and national insurance numbers, leaking out to third parties," he added.
According to Lavenda, this is exactly why WorkLight developed its enterprise Web 2.0 services, which he says gives companies access to a secure and highly personalised set of facilities, but without the security risks firms would experience by accessing blogs, wikis and social networking sites directly.
"This incident stresses the importance of securing social networking sites when used in the enterprise, and so ensuring that security lapses simply don't occur," he said.
Lavenda went on to say that business access to Web 2.0 sites like Facebook can produce compelling cost and working efficiencies, but businesses should be ready to implement appropriate security measures.