Web and desktop security company Bit9 recently reported that a substantial portion of companies' networks are heavily susceptible to malware attack. Bit9 recommends that IT decision makers set computers to avoid running any software not specifically authorized.

The survey polled 1,282 IT workers at various companies and found that 68 percent of the respondents claim that there are software restrictions in place but that they are regularly ignored by workers. Further, only 32 percent said that they were confident that their company was adequately protected from desktop security threats.

"Rather than scrambling to react to the latest malicious piece of software - costing time and money - IT administrators need to ensure that only approved software will run in their enterprise," Tom Murphy, chief strategy officer for Bit9, said. "This is a business critical need confirmed by the large amount of respondents that are dealing with malware across their networks."

Social networking use in the workplace is a primary reason for the growing number of malware attacks. In each of the last two weekends, Facebook has experienced massive phishing attacks that resulted in malicious links posted to users' pages. Similarly, Twitter has struggled to keep its users safe from phishing despite extensive security measures.ADNFCR-2553-ID-19804289-ADNFCR