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Business Internet Traffic to Facebook and YouTube Videos Increasing, According to Analysis by Network Box

HOUSTON, TX, Apr. 28, 2010 – More business Internet traffic now goes to Facebook than to any other website, according to analysis of 13 billion URLs used by businesses in the first quarter of 2010.  Conducted by managed security company Network Box, the analysis reveals that 6.8 percent of all business Internet traffic goes to Facebook – an increase of one percent since the last quarter of 2009. The top five websites visited by businesses in Q1 2010, and the percentage of all traffic they represent, were:

  1. Facebook – 6.8
  2. Google – 3.4
  3. Yimg (Yahoo!’s image server) – 2.8
  4. Yahoo! – 2.4
  5. Doubleclick – 1.7.

The analysis also shows that more corporate bandwidth – as opposed to “hits” – is consumed by YouTube videos than anything else.  Employees watching YouTube videos accounted for 10 percent of all corporate bandwidth during Q1 – up two percent over the previous quarter.  The top five bandwidth-busting websites, and the percentage of all bandwidth they used, were:

  1. YouTube – 10
  2. Facebook – 4.5
  3. Windows Update – 3.3
  4. Yimg – 2.7  
  5. Google – 2.5.

The Network Box analysis comes shortly after the company surveyed 250 IT managers about their biggest security concerns during the coming year.  Employees using applications on social networks while at work was the top answer, with 43 percent of respondents saying this is a major concern.  In a separate question, 36 percent of respondents said they were concerned about malware passed via networks such as LinkedIn or Twitter and employees clicking on links sent by trusted contacts within their networks.

“Downloading applications from social networks can be a serious security risk,” says Pierluigi Stella, CTO of Network Box USA.  “With social networking usage increasing in the workplace, companies need to set clear guidelines and to put systems in place that cut the security threat, as well as increase productivity and available bandwidth.”

One such system, he says, is a unified threat management (UTM) appliance that provides all the necessary functions to maximize network security and productivity, including anti-malware, content and web filtering, firewall, intrusion detection and prevention, and anti-spam.

“There are other benefits when the UTM is used in conjunction with a managed security service,” Stella adds.  “That’s because managed security frees an organization’s IT department – which often doesn’t have the personnel, time or security skill sets – to attend to other tasks, while the managed service provider monitors their Internet traffic 24/7.”

More information is available from Network Box USA at 2825 Wilcrest, Suite 259, Houston, Texas 77042; telephone 832-242-5758 or (toll free) 888-315-8886; fax: 713-933-0290; or email

About Network Box USA

Network Box USA, Inc. (, the American arm of Network Box Corp., was formed in response to the escalating danger posed by security breaches, virus attacks and similar threats arising from widespread use of the Internet.  Its mission is to provide enterprises of all sizes with a cutting-edge computer network security solution that is effective yet affordable.  The company's flagship product, the Network Box appliance, has won numerous awards for excellence and is now in the forefront of unified threat management, the next generation of firewall technology.

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