How March Madness Places Business Networks at Risk

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-03-16 Email

With literally millions of U.S. workers taking part in March Madness college basketball office pools this week, the majority of IT professionals fear that their company's networks will be placed at risk, according to a recent survey from TEKsystems. When the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament kicks off, many employees will take part in "bracket selection" pools, where they attempt to predict which teams will keep advancing in match-ups. Frequently, they use their work devices to go online and keep up with the latest scores and highlights, and that can prove troublesome when it comes to network performance and possibly even enterprise security. "Network administrators should definitely be concerned about their network's health during mass-appeal sporting events," said Jason Hayman, research manager for TEKsystems. "Additionally, the increased use of alternative devices such as tablets and smartphones within the corporate environment is exacerbating the problem and will likely continue to increase. Many savvy IT departments have actually put on a full-court press to develop calendars of extraordinary events to help ensure the network is exposed … as little as possible." In addition to the TEKsystems research, we're including March Madness-related survey and research findings from OfficeTeam and Challenger, Gray & Christmas. More than 400 IT professionals took part in the research from TEKsystems, and more than 300 senior managers and 500 workers took part in the OfficeTeam study. The Challenger research is based on prior March Madness participation data and other reports.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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