This site does not comply with our Global IT Security Policy. If you have a valid business reason for requiring access to this site please contact your IT department.

Every time I see the above message one thought springs to mind, “Why?”

If I were trying to access some type of beast on girl pornography or a site where they pay homeless people in meth to fight each other with rusty blades then I could understand, but I’m not. I’m trying to access normal everyday sites (such as blogs, entertainment sites and media agencies sites) that for some reason don’t meet the requirements of an internet policy. I have experienced this across a variety of workplaces and it always baffles.

Now, harking back to the interwebs of the 1990’s and indeed the early 2000’s I can understand this, the webs was a scary place to go surfing there were many sharks in them there seas and we all had to be scared all the time. Plus there was the matter of speed, connections were slower and a few websites using only a few MB’s was a significant drain.

And you know what, if you work for a day care centre or a government department I can still understand this added degree of paranoia, after all better safe than sorry, but when you’re in an adult workplace where access to the internet is an integral part of your job one would think we should have moved past this.

The primary reason I don’t think global policies make sense is that they do not account for cultural differences and as such may misinterpret portions of sites in other countries. It would make much more sense to write policies country by country based around the needs of the business is that country.

What are your thoughts on these global policies? Have you found them a hindrance when researching or doing work?

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One thought on “This site does not comply with our Global IT Security Policy. If you have a valid business reason for requiring access to this site please contact your IT department.

  1. The last time I had one of those “netnanny” monitor messages was when I was consulting in the comms department for a big 4 bank. They were particularly paranoid – needless to say all webmail was banned, along with a huge number of general sites.

    Companies who have policies such as these have low trust of their employees (regardless of IT/internet policies that are part of the employees contract) and tend to behave in a paternalistic way. These companies will be the last to embrace social media marketing, and they are probably the same ones that have banned Facebook/MySpace access in the workplace because they are scared that no-one’s going to be doing any work.

    These types of companies also define “work” very narrowly, the IT Security is an excuse to filter what people are looking at and behave like Big Brother without actually admitting to it.

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