- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 18, 2006

Which is more important to you — coffee or the Internet? According to the [email protected] Survey from San Diego-based Websense, an Internet security firm, don’t be so quick to say Starbucks:

2006 [email protected] Survey Results:

• JOB RISK-employees feel viewing adult content at work or infecting their company with malicious spyware or a virus puts them at greater risk of losing their job than sleeping at their desk. Forty-six percent said they believe they are at risk of losing their job by visiting adult content using their work internet connection, and 30 percent said they would be likely to lose their job if they infected the company with malicious spyware or a virus, while only 11 percent believe they may lose their job if they sleep at their desk.

• APPROVAL OF INTERNET FILTERING-although the majority (61 percent) of employees who access the internet at work utilize the web at the office for personal reasons, 92 percent of all employees reported that they believe that their company has the right to install internet filtering technology to manage which types of websites they visit.

• OFFENSIVE OR RISKY MATERIAL-12 percent of employees said that they have had a co-worker, friend, or acquaintance send a link to their work email address that they considered offensive.Eleven percent of employees said that a co-worker, friend, or acquaintance has sent a link to their work email address to a website that they thought might contain spyware or lead to some sort of security risk.

• COFFEE VERSUS THE INTERNET-of those that said they use the internet at work for personal reasons, half (50 percent) of them said that they would rather give up their morning coffee than give up their ability to use the internet at work for personal use.

• TIME SPENT-93 percent of respondents said they spend at least some time accessing the internet at work. (Same as last year).

• PERSONAL SURFING-61 percent of employees who utilize a work-owned internet connection admitted that they spend at least some time surfing non work-related websites during the work day. Of those employees who access non-work-related websites, the average time spent accessing the internet at work is 12.81 hours per week, and the average time accessing non-work-related websites at work is 3.06 hours per week. This means that, on average, 24 percent of their time spent accessing the internet is non work-related.

• TIME SPENT ON NON WORK-RELATED WEBSITES-interestingly, there is still a discrepancy between how much time IT decision-makers think employees spend accessing non work-related internet sites at work versus the time employees say they are spending-IT decision-makers estimate that their employees spend an average of 5.7 hours per week surfing non work-related websites, while employees, on average, only admit to spending 3.06 hours per week accessing non work-related sites.

• WEBSITES ACCESSED-among employees who access non-work-related sites at work, the top three non-work-related sites accessed are map sites such as Mapquest (83 percent), news sites (80 percent), and weather sites (76 percent).

• BLOGGING-5 percent of employees said that they have a personal blog. Of those who have a personal blog, nearly half (46 percent) indicated that they do record work-related events or interactions with their co-workers in their personal blogs at least some amount of the time. Forty-two percent of employees said that their company has regulations that prohibit employee-blogging. Eleven percent of employees reported that they have visited blog websites during work hours. Of those employees, 31 percent said they visit them occasionally or very frequently.

• ONLINE PORNOGRAPHY-12 percent of employees have either by accident or on purpose, visited a pornography website while at work (versus 17 percent last year). The overwhelming majority of those who have visited pornography sites at work (95 percent) said their visit to the site was accidental.

• NON WORK-RELATED APPLICATION USE-about one in four (24 percent) employees watch or listen to streaming media at least once per week from work. This is up from last year (18 percent).One in six employees (17 percent) use instant messaging (IM) at least once per week from work. Of those employees who said they use IM, 29 percent said they use it primarily for non-work-related purposes. Eighteen percent of employees have downloaded and stored non-work-related mp3s, personal photos, video clips, or movie clips on their work computer or network.

Interesting stuff here, both for employers and employees. ‘Scuse me, though, there’s this “Lost” clip I gotta see …

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