Most Companies Have Internet Use Policies in Place, Survey Shows



    TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - Businesses are becoming increasingly
sophisticated about managing employee Internet use at work, a new survey
shows. More than half (61 per cent) of chief information officers (CIOs)
polled recently said their company has either instituted policies that detail
acceptable web browsing, installed content-filtering or blocking software, or
done a combination of both.
    The poll includes responses from more than 270 CIOs from a stratified
random sample of Canadian companies with 100 or more employees. It was
conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half
Technology, a leading provider of information technology professionals on a
project and full-time basis.

    
    CIOs were asked, "Which of the following best describes your company's
    policy regarding employee access to the Web?"
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      We have a corporate policy that details acceptable
        web browsing by employees.................................... 34%
      Corporate policy is combined with software
        that blocks certain content from employees................... 18%
      We Installed software limiting sites and content that can
        be accessed by employees.....................................  9%
      No policies are in place to limit web browsing by employees.... 30%
      Employees do not have web access...............................  4%
      Other/don't know...............................................  5%
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                                                                     100%


    CIOs were also asked, "Which of the following are reasons for your
    company's policies limiting employees' web browsing?" Their responses(*):
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      To prevent employees from accessing inappropriate
        content at work.............................................. 59%
      To prevent virus attacks, installation of malware, etc......... 52%
      To keep employees from wasting time at work.................... 51%
      Other/don't know...............................................  1%
      (*)Multiple responses were allowed.
    

    "All companies should have a corporate policy in place that outlines
acceptable web use by employees," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive
director of Robert Half Technology. "Communicating and explaining web access
policies, along with the risks associated with web browsing, helps employees
understand why these guidelines are in place."
    Lee noted that it is crucial to inform new staff of expectations from day
one. "Including web access policies in new-hire training and restating the
information on the company intranet or in internal newsletters, for example,
reinforces this message."

    With more than 100 locations in North America, Europe and Asia, Robert
Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for
initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration
to network engineering and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers
online job search services at www.rht.com.





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