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Given that many of us here on the forums work in the ICT sector, Ive been wondering of the sort of filtering that is in place at your work place.

 

Having just changed jobs from a DET position to one in the private sector,

 

Ive found an immense contrast between the totalitarian network access in the education sector to the complete lack of filtering at my current work.

 

At my current work place employees are free to browse youtube, download torrents (generally we just get iso's of operating systems)... or to even be browsing the atomic forums all in the name of work.

 

Even with this complete lack of filtering no issues arise... no one is browsing adult material, no one hogging bandwidth... etc.

 

What filtering do you have at your work place?, and what effect does it have on productivity, problems, etc.

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Fairly lax, by choice, only some sites blocked by URL keywords such as facebook and can be circumvented by using IPs for example. Torrents, youtube, and many other things are free reign though it is monitored and excessive usage is questioned.

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None because it was removed during the previous server upgrades (and the proxy server we used as a POS anyway). Wasn't put back - and I'm one the IT admin so I'm doing as little as possible to put in it.

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No filtering, but we have a very swift and harsh system to deal with excess usage and people that get dobbed in.

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none. don't do illegal shit and get your work done and you're fine.

 

At my old job they'd invoice you if you had excess data usage and it wasn't work related.

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Given that many of us here on the forums work in the ICT sector, Ive been wondering of the sort of filtering that is in place at your work place.

 

Having just changed jobs from a DET position to one in the private sector,

 

Ive found an immense contrast between the totalitarian network access in the education sector to the complete lack of filtering at my current work.

 

At my current work place employees are free to browse youtube, download torrents (generally we just get iso's of operating systems)... or to even be browsing the atomic forums all in the name of work.

 

Even with this complete lack of filtering no issues arise... no one is browsing adult material, no one hogging bandwidth... etc.

 

What filtering do you have at your work place?, and what effect does it have on productivity, problems, etc.

im in exactly the situation (public -> private). Even with the ability to browse whatever I want, my lunchtime browsing habits haven't changed (xkcd.com, couriermail, thedailywtf) Having said that, given the laziness of most of the public sector I understand and agree with the filtering put in place on those networks ;)

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I'm a student at a secondary school, we can't do very much,, we can't download exes, file sizes are restricted and can't watch flash videos. We have the getBusi web management system and Netspace Content Filtering. At primary school they went so extreme we couldn't even access Google!

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We have an outbound HTTP proxy so you can only really do HTTP based requests. Although my work has two networks Red and Green. Green being the internal corporate network behind the HTTP proxy and Red being an unrestricted network.

 

I'm sure they do traffic monitoring, but being a media company that measures our Internet usage in petabytes I don't think anybody is to concerned about usage (within reason).

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No filtering here. We all help with "facebook and youtube development" for a few hours a week. Or as the boss likes to say when he walks past, "Grazer, you sorted out the bugs in Facebook yet" ;-)

 

The only rule with internet usage is if we find some good porn or other funny web content, it must be shared with everyone on the general work IRC channel :) - even the one female that works here ( out of 37 people ) doesn't mind the crap flowing through the admins channel.

 

e: Oh downloading is unrestricted, and we have a 1Gbs Net connection (synchronous). :)

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We use an open source solution customised to our particular needs. I maintain and develop it as required. I guess that puts me on the 'other' side of the equation.

 

It doesn't cause any problems- if a legitimate resource is blocked it is a trivial task for me to whitelist it. I have just recently developed a system that allows selected users the ability to white/blacklist sites themselves without having to call me.

 

All in all, it works well. Having recently priced several stand-alone security devices I can confidently say that we are saving tens of thousands of dollars by using the system that we do.

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At the workplace, of a large financial institution, that I work as a contractor at: Facebook, gmail, hotmail is blocked. But what surprised me is that Optusnet's webmail was also blocked.

 

Which is a real PITA, because I wanted to send some work-related emails but as my user account didn't have the required privs, I was high-and-dry.

 

Rob.

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I used to be an admin at a private school and we had it locked down pretty tight, as part of 'duty of care' to the students to keep them safe from all the nasty shit out there :P

 

At my new job we have nothing, just a firewall and 2 fat load balanced pipes to play with :)

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At the workplace, of a large financial institution, that I work as a contractor at: Facebook, gmail, hotmail is blocked. But what surprised me is that Optusnet's webmail was also blocked.

 

Which is a real PITA, because I wanted to send some work-related emails but as my user account didn't have the required privs, I was high-and-dry.

 

Rob.

 

quite deliberate.

 

Although easy to circumvent.

 

Anyway.

 

We run Websense, ISA, and Bluecoat for various levels of filtering.

Social Media sites, File-Sharing Sites, Email sites are all blocked unless you've got an exemption. All in the name of security.

USB Storage devices are also disabled for average Joes.

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We run Websense, ISA, and Bluecoat for various levels of filtering.

Websense only now, supplemented by various security appliances. Have used Bluecoat and ISA in the past.

 

Websense has been performing very well lately, picking up stuff our McAfee environment has been missing.

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Websense on the proxy with the standard adult / illegal /etc categories being blocked. Standard users are also not able to download executable files however this is mainly only as a stop gap measure to prevent users from downloading odd files which may contain virii.

 

CD Burning and USB access has also been disabled for most users with special forms being required before either can be activated.

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