Companies failing to control bandwidth usage

Organisations wasting bandwidth by not controlling non-work applications says help AG

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Companies failing to control bandwidth usage Despite technology being available to manage bandwidth usage, companies are not putting policies in places, says Solling.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 18, 2012

Middle East organisations should pay more attention to regulating non-work use of bandwidth, according to systems integrator help AG.

Nicolai Solling, director of Technology Services at help AG, said that although technologies are available to monitor and control bandwidth use, companies have not put enough effort into policies to regulate bandwidth use, resulting in wastage of resources.

A recent report by help AG partner Palo Alto networks found that streaming video accounted for 13% of all bandwidth, while P2P file sharing took up 14%. While not all streaming video or P2P filesharing is done for non-work purposes, both usages are commonly abused, and had increased drastically, (streaming by 300% and P2P by 700%) in the past six months.

The Palo Alto Application Usage and Risk Report, which assessed raw application data of over 2,000 organisations from November 2011 to May 2012, also showed that while social networking only takes up 1% of available bandwidth, it is growing as more services like Pinterest and Tumblr gain in popularity, it is also pervasive, with an average of 29 different social networking applications found in each organisation, and 97% of respondent organisations had at least one social networking application present.

“Because organizations do not have the right infrastructure and policies in place to control how their employees use the corporate internet, they have exposed themselves not only to the loss of productivity but also to a myriad of online threats. At a time when we do in fact have the technologies available to grant a very high level of visibility and control over the usage behaviour, organizations cannot choose to simply turn a blind eye. The business impact of such unregulated usage is far too severe to be left unaddressed,” said Solling.

“Organizations in the region tend to address the problem of poor network performance through the purchase of additional bandwidth. However as the report clearly highlights, it is not the network capacity but the manner in which it is being utilized that the real problem which needs to be addressed. The sooner IT departments define policies around acceptable internet usage the sooner they will be able to regain control of their network infrastructure,” he concluded.

Organisations wasting bandwidth by not controlling non-work applications says help AG

2549 days ago
Jacy Bott

I love my companies bandwidth. I bit torrent all day and re-sell the film copies to my friends at night.

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