Have you ever violated workplace IT policy?

Discussion in 'polls' started by wat0114, Feb 26, 2013.

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Have you ever violated workplace IT policy?

  1. No

    24 vote(s)
    45.3%
  2. Yes - with no repurcussions

    22 vote(s)
    41.5%
  3. Yes - with only minor repurcussions

    5 vote(s)
    9.4%
  4. Yes - with major repurcussions

    2 vote(s)
    3.8%
  1. wat0114

    wat0114 Registered Member

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    This could be surfing where you shouldn't have, installed unapproved software, email misuse, etc...

    In my case almost 9 years ago, back in the day when our department had admin privileges I installed Firefox, and a few days later received an email from IT requesting I remove it due to policy violation because it does not meet security standards, to that effect anyway. Minor repercussions only at least :)
     
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  2. Kerodo

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    Nope.. never. That's one thing I strictly adhere to, period.... It's their machines and I'm on their time. No breaking the rules for me.
     
  3. blinking_spirit

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    I've done at at both the large corps I've worked with. However, of late I've moved to PortableApps falling increasingly in line with their policies.

    That being said, I violate their policies on installing my own security updates/software (since they don't seen to both for things like Flash and Java).
     
  4. jo3blac1

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    Sort of... My school was retarded enough and claimed that an iPad not a computer and therefore refused to provide me with internet access. And we are talking about medical school here where iPads are extremely helpful.... Needless to say I found a way around it. Of course the IT department in there is a bunch of morons.
     
  5. Cimmerian

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    I've installed a few programs over the years that I didn't ask permission for. My assigned tech looks the other way, as he knows I have a legitimate need for what I install.
     
  6. chrisretusn

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    Nope, I was an enforcer. ;)
     
  7. NGRhodes

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    Nope.
    Its simply irresponsible. There is no excuse to break any company rules/policy.

    I've seen the damage that can be caused first hand a few times, once was an email born virus from forwarding jokes from a hotmail account to office email address that took our entire network down. I've also seen sensitive data go missing due to misuse of usb flash drives.

    Cheers, Nick.
     
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  8. guest

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    A few years ago I worked in a very big institution and simply couldn't resist to surf one (!) time and only for a few seconds (!) on an certain adult site (not porn though) to check something. -> Curiosity almost killed the cat. :cool:

    Yep, I almost got a panic attack :D when that dumb Norton (?) AV came up with a warning: something was found on that website (clearly a false positive since I knew this site for years). - IIRC I couldn't delete the log entry or not all of it.

    Back then I thought that such an "alarm" would be reported immediately to admin and then he could probably see the URL and I would get an embarrassing call! :ouch: - I did sweat very much and felt hot like in a fever! :D - But thank god nothing happened and from that moment on I never did anything against IT policy again (at least not to my knowledge). :D
     
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    We had access to the internet the first 3 years where I worked, and then the internet was blocked completely unless your job title required it. I had to have it since I worked with NCIC, Courtnet, warrant checks, etc.. We had problems at times from viruses being spread by email, and USB drives. The biggest threat we faced was from employees bringing in USB drives.
     
  11. Dark Shadow

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    Nope never when I worked did I ever break company policy's IT or other wise,not even if I am told it's ok to do something outside of polices will I break it.Unless I have written permission from a head hancho and if it's illegal then it's still no.I had a manager try to order me to change something against district policy and when I refused him he tried to get me fired and in turn he got fired for it and I was the new manager.
     
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  12. wat0114

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    To clarify, our department at the time was essentially its own little domain, controlled by our Technical specialist, encompassed by the larger, IT controlled one, which is why we had Administrative privileges, so there was a rather "gray area" in terms of what was permissible for us, so breaking policy couldn't, in fairness, necessarily be accurately construed as irresponsible or reckless, and that likely explains why I and a few others with minor violations were politely requested to reverse them.

    Interesting, the poll so far shows 50/50 for No/Yes :)
     
  13. dogbite

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    Yes, many times with without any ripercussions.
    Basically because I installed software out of policy. The only thing I do not do is to install hacked/pirated copies, I simply install freeware stuff.

    I know in the US they are stricter in enforcing, here in EU more tolerant.

    Just to give an example: officially I should use only IE but I installed Chrome. The IT guys know that but they do not enforce. Also, Skype is not allowed officially but many use it (even the IT guys..:lol:)
     
  14. TairikuOkami

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    I asked to install opensource office to open attachments from emails, they refused it, because they consider it to be illegal, so I copied a portable version to PC.
    I also used to watch movies or listen to music from a flash drive, then it was disabled once, since someone infected a computer with it, but it is allowed again.
     
  15. xxJackxx

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    Nope. I set the workplace IT policy. If someone else violates it they answer to me. I do not take it lightly. For example if a user shares their logon password with another user, they get their password reset... with a 35 character replacement. Nobody to my knowledge has violated it since I made that rule. ;)
     
  16. Dark Shadow

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    Wow 35 characters, carpal tunnel anyone.:D
     
  17. Techwiz

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    Seeing as most employers have resorted to data mining their employees with key loggers and other tools. I do not do personal business via the company computer or on their WiFi. Think I'll leave it at that.
     
  18. Mman79

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    Plenty of times, but the most common reason was that in many businesses, small or large, often the job you must do and the best way to do it will conflict with what IT sets up and desires. The IT department doesn't always know what kind of work you may do or what you may need to do it effectively. Going outside of policy to do your job in the most timely and effective manner, and keeping Facebook or Armor Games up all day are entirely different worlds. When I worked in the "trenches", I didn't mess with any personal activities for the very reason that Techwiz spoke of. Keylogging and datamining employees isn't a new thing. My unspoken rule is that I do the job asked of me and get paid for it, and the boss and the rest of the higher ups stay out of my personal life while I stay out of theirs.
     
  19. wat0114

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    Good point :thumb:
     
  20. Noob

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    SPOT ON! :rolleyes:
     
  21. Solarlynx

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    No, because there's no any rules at my job now - you can surf anywhere, install or download anything you like.

    Though if there were any policies I would prefer to obey them.

    I asked IT guys to make me a Local Admin and I can do what I want with my office comp. Once I experimented with some progs that the comp just couldn't boot. I innocently said them that it just stopped working. That comp was very old and they decided that it was the HD fault and just gave me other comp, rather old though as well.
     
  22. ght1

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    Well done! :D :thumb:
     
  23. NGRhodes

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    Agreed with that (I have been told by our IT guys that I am not allowed to do certain security based testing activities, even though it is a task explicitly mentioned in my job description), but most employment contracts say you agree to follow the rules and policies regardless of how they affect your ability to get your job done.

    Did you communicate your ideas/improvements to your Manager/ICT to try and better improve the effectiveness of other employees ?
     
  24. EncryptedBytes

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    Where I work,

    A) There is no internet
    B) Breaking policy is grounds for immediate incarceration, but not before armed guards lock me in a dark room for awhile.

    So, no I have not. :p
     
  25. Mman79

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    Now with a description like that, most people would probably immediately assume you work for certain 3 letter agencies or a prison. Me? I believe you probably work in some boring place that would put me to sleep and they're probably just paranoid. Those that know better know that both the 3 letter agencies and prisons in particular have net access and we only wish their policies were that strict, lol. Of course if we open up the possibility you work with designing/engineering military hardware, then things could be different.
     
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