Websense

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Network monitoring
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Websense
Hi,

In my present organisation the IT policy states that inappropriate and malicious sites will be blocked. In my last organistation I never came across any such site blocking system.So, I have few queries regarding this. I hope those working for companies where site blocking is present would have better understanding and could help me out.

1- If the blockage appears manytimes while browsing, is it monitored by the company.

2- Is it going to impact incase somebody tries to view what all sites you browse throughout the day.

3- How does websense help and work in It companies.

Thanks

 



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It depends on how the organization wants to manage/monitor employee network use. This is not an IT issue but is a business and human resources issue. Network bandwidth and management is not necessarily cheap. The network is there to support business requirements and employee internet use for games, gambling, shopping, adult activities, etc. is not using the tool (network) for business purposes. You are there to help the company make money, not cost them productivity which also costs money. Rather than questioning the policy I think you would be better off doing what the company pays you to do.

A great use of the web filtering software out there is blocking malicious traffic during transit. There are a lot of “drive-by” downloads that could be blocked with intelligent web filters. This type of network management is definitely in your and the company’s interests for maintaining network integrity and security.

You can learn more about the Websense product either at the <a href=”http://www.websense.com/content/home.aspx”>manufacturer’s website</a> or <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Websense”>Wikipedia</a>.

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  • RickC
    We use websense and yes its recored it has a very nifty reporting tool and can see what the productity loss is, the total time online and the number of hits per website.
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