32 percent of office goers access gambling sites at work
By maddy
Cerberian and SonicWall, two Internet security and content filtering vendors have released a new web usage research report.

According to the findings, 32 percent of people have seen co-workers surf gambling sites; while 85 percent have seen co-workers surfing sports-related web sites, which usually links to sports wagering sites.

The report was created from responses from more than 2,400 people during the month of April 2004 via email to questions about everything from Internet access policies, to personal surfing habits at work and feelings about co-workers surf habits. 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.

‘The results of the survey are clear in that 63% of employees are concerned about the ease of access to objectionable content at work. We recommend that organizations take the initiative and implement the appropriate Internet access policies to help strengthen employee productivity and network security,’ says Matt Mosman, CEO of Cerberian.

The survey also asked how people felt after seeing co-workers surf pornography, gambling, shopping and sports web sites. Sixty-eight percent were bothered by pornography surfing, with 47 percent bothered enough to confront the offender or mention it to management/human resources. Fifty-nine percent were offended by gambling surfing, 35 percent by shopping online and 29 percent by sports surfing.

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