Employee Web Use: What is OK and What is Not
A White Paper from MessageLabs.
Although this white paper was written primarily for IT managers we think it has considerable broader applicability and are therefore posting it here.
Where do you draw the line when it comes to employee Web use? Is it okay to send the occasional personal e-mail at work? What about a little Internet shopping or spending sometime on social networking sites, playing online games, downloading pirated movies and music, gambling or downloading porn? The Internet has created new opportunities for mischief and new challenges for IT managers.
Every company is unique and may have different ideas as to what is appropriate when it comes to employee Internet usage. There is a balance between monitoring and blocking Web use in the workplace. IT Managers need to determine the best way to deal with employee internet access, while keeping the overall good of the business a priority.