Technology misuse rife in most organisations

Most organisations have had to deal with incidents concerning illegal or inappropriate images in the workplace, according to a recent survey.

Of the 200 organisations questioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and soft-ware security firm PixAlert, 70% had dealt with such cases.

However, 54% of the senior managers surveyed were unaware they could be held criminally liable on the grounds of neglecting to manage content – including images – on company computers.

Although the greatest future risk is perceived to come from internet and e-mail applications, respondents also expect an increased risk of images being loaded on to company computers from technology, such as 3G phones.

Software and technology is used by 72% of the respondents to block access to inappropriate websites. However, only 23% said this protective technology is applied at desktop level as well as the ‘gateway’, where company computers meet the internet.

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