>Wankers PLC did a study of what their users are accessing during
>business hours. They found that 20 percent of all Internet access
>from their company is viewing pornographic materials. Now they are
>chewing their finger nails and trying to decide who to blame. The
>obvious approach would be to block access to the porno sites on their
>firewalls. How do other companies handle this issue?
We looked at doing this, but then decided it was pointless. To
maintain a list of current pornographic sites would be impossible, if
we were to announce that we were blocking access, then anyone who
managed to find a site we didn't know about could claim it wasn't
pornographic. In the end, we decided to treat Internet access as any
other business tool and trust our employees to use it as such.
We view the Internet much the same as a stationary cupboard, we don't
mind someone helping themselves to a few envelopes or paperclips, but
would take a dim view of someone running their own DTP operation.
Having said that, we keep a log of all use, and take random snap
shots. Together with out network management tools, we can identify
periods of heavy use, and, if necessary, identify misuse. Casual
browsing of 'inappropriate' Web sites is down to local management.
By the way, the most usual non-business usage seems not to be
pornography, but football (and I mean proper football, 'soccer' to you
lot in the colonies)