Pornographic material--not just an internet problem.
There is clear evidence that many people are spending time at work looking at illegal or pornographic images and that the activity can become addictive. In one publicised case last year, at the UK Department of Works and Pensions, 2 million pornographic images were found on the network and even more worryingly 18,000 illegal images. With the potential new classification of illegal material this figure may well have been even greater. Under existing UK legislation, companies and their senior managers can already be criminally and civilly liable for illegal and inappropriate images found in the workplace. Yet in a recent survey conducted by PixAtert and The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, over 50% or managers were unaware of this.
While this proposed new Government legislation will help further raise awareness and help deter this unacceptable behaviour, the only way to reduce corporate exposure and stop illicit images in the workplace is by monitoring what people are actually looking at on the desktops and auditing corporate IT assets in order to find and remove legacy material.
There is no doubt that the proposed new legislation is a positive step and could be a useful deterrent but this needs to be combined with greater awareness and use of preventative technologies, particularly in the workplace, In particular, it is important to recognise that the important issue is in the nature of the content ... not where it was accessed. This is not an Internet problem, pomographic and illegal images can originate from many sources.
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|Title Annotation:||Security News|
|Publication:||Database and Network Journal|
|Date:||Oct 1, 2005|
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