Pride shouldn't prevent IT managers from proactively managing employee access to Web content that could be infected with viruses, malicious mobile code (MMC) and spyware, cautions Websense Inc.

While many IT professionals rely on firewalls and traditional antivirus (AV) software to keep corporate networks secure, companies can benefit from adopting an additional layer of network security.

With 51 percent of IT managers concerned about MMC infecting their networks, Web-borne code is a growing problem in corporations. MMC not only infects gambling and pornography sites, but mainstream Web content that might appear harmless to employees and IT managers. In fact, 45 percent of IT managers report that viruses have infected their company's network, according to new research from Websense.

Companies often depend solely on AV software to prevent malicious bugs from spreading. But according to a recent survey conducted by the Computer Security Institute (CSI) and the FBI in which 90 percent of respondents used AV software, 85 percent were infected with viruses or worms.

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