According to the survey, the Internet is still a relatively unmonitored medium with 60 percent of the respondents indicating their organizations did not have rules against personal Web surfing at work, and more than 50 percent of organizations have not implemented any type of Internet filtering technology.
Unmonitored Internet access raises potential liability issues for organizations especially when it comes to employees being exposed to pornography at the office and employees using corporate resources to download, store and exchange copyrighted material. Inappropriate use of the Internet at work may give rise to serious disciplinary problems in the workplace.
Matt Mosman, chief executive officer of Cerberian, said "The results of the survey are clear in that 63% of employees are concerned about the ease of access to objectionable content at work."
The survey finds that the most common ways people have accidentally reached pornographic content on the Web are:
While the survey indicates it is common to accidentally come across pornographic web sites, the survey also reported the following:
When asked how they felt after seeing co-workers surf pornography, gambling, shopping and sports web sites:
Matthew Medeiros, chief executive officer at SonicWALL, said "It is clear from the survey that there is a growing awareness among individuals as well as organizations of the problems resulting from unregulated employee Internet access. While pornography is obviously the biggest concern, other surfing habits, from shopping to sports, are absorbing an increasing amount of employee attention inside organizations."
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