ContentWatch Security Blog

Wed

May 21, '14

Last week, after a government employee’s computer in the General Services Administration (GSA) was infected with a virus, IT staff started an investigation to find the cause.  What they found was shocking. The employee had been visiting dating websites for more than two hours a day, regularly viewed pornography, and even had a user account on his work computer for a pornographic social network. 

Thu

Mar 1, '12

BYOD (bring your own device) is rising in popularity and has government agencies on alert.  First, the increase in use of smartphones and tablets by employees in all types of organizations is causing new support challenges for IT. This issue, coupled with limited IT budgets not allowing for internal mobile device purchases or upgrades, is only going to cause an increase in BYOD.

Wed

Jul 21, '10

In the workplace, the Internet has enabled a slew of business advances in communication, scheduling, information transfer, and e-commerce. But it is also the world’s biggest distraction. Studies show that employees admit to cybersurfing up to two hours a day while at work. Yes, TWO HOURS a day!

Tue

Jun 23, '09

ContentProtect Professional has always been the ideal product for organizations that don’t want the hassle of a dedicated server, and especially for distributed environments (that is, laptops, laptops, everywhere). Because the filtering takes place ON the box, users can’t get around the filter just by changing locations or access.

Thu

Apr 16, '09

You probably don’t know about it, but a debate rages between Internet Filter vendors over whether it’s better to filter the Internet based on a big fat list of bad URLs, or to use a smart filtering engine to analyze every URL users visit to make the BLOCK/ALLOW call.

Tue

May 27, '14

It is easy for companies to take no action in the fight against child pornography. Perhaps it’s because businesses are not too focused on societal issues, especially those uncomfortable issues.

Wed

Oct 12, '11

With the headline, “The world's love of Angry Birds could be costing U.S. businesses over $1.5 billion in lost wages, it’s a good time to consider the impact the Internet has on employee productivity. (Source: Business Insider.)
 
Left to themselves, employees get distracted by Facebook, personal email, downloading videos, web browsing, music streaming, fantasy sports, online shopping, online banking, pornography, gambling, and the like.
 
Some stats suggest that up to two hours a day are spent by the average employee doing non-work-related Internet use.  If an organization has 20 employees, and each person surfs the web 1.5 hours per day, and the average wage is $25/hour, then the organization is losing $195,000 per year (assuming a 260-day work year.)
 
In addition to the time lost while roaming the web, employees don’t realize that just by visiting some web sites, a browser can become infected with malware.  Thus, there is a security risk to an organization if it has a “hands off my Internet approach to managing the team.
 
Finally, if the organization doesn’t take a stand on pornography use on company assets or premises, a sexual harassment lawsuit might result.  This would be due to the company’s negligence at creating a “hostile work environment when a female employee is exposed to pornography against her will.
 
There are tools to filter and limit Internet use by employees. Angry Birds would then be relegated to a hobby done off premise and after hours.  It’s your choice.

Mon

Mar 24, '14

With Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sites available at our fingertips, our time and productivity in the office are being overtaken. But are these social media sites hampering your intelligence? Research by the Journal of the Royal Society Interface suggests that this may be the case.

Wed

Jan 19, '11

Don't block the Internet