Discussion Thread

  • 1.  Sowing Distrust

    Posted 16 days ago
    Shouldn't there be a level of trust that the employee won't browse the internet during work hours?

    I understand that employers would not want an employee distracted during work hours. An employer can rightfully say: "If you don't go onto distracting sites then why would you care if the site is blocked?"

    I'm disregarding the defense that one can use YouTube videos to try to understand a concept (before asking/bothering my manager) because I'm curious about the employer/employee relationship.

    Does having blocked sites plant a small seed of distrust in an employee?

    Daniel Bressler EIT, A.M.ASCE
    Structural Engineer
    Brooklyn NY

  • 2.  RE: Sowing Distrust

    Posted 15 days ago
    Companies often block sites as an IT security measure.  In today's world of cybersecurity it is often better to air on the side of caution. If the site is needed for work, It may be possible to have it removed from the blocked list.  Even a small intrusion/malware/breach can cost a lot to fix, not to mention the possibility of losing clients because your IT security issues have also impacted their business. I wouldn't necessarily jump to the conclusion that the company doesn't trust its employees.

    Kevin Miller P.E., M.ASCE
    Water Resources Engineer
    Independence KY

  • 3.  RE: Sowing Distrust

    Posted 15 days ago
    If done correctly, I think cybersecurity is a good thing. I've come across a few blocked websites over the years at work, but for the most part it has never been one I wanted to use. Usually, it was a random link to a webpage I clicked while searching for an answer to a question I had, one of many of which could have answered my question. Its difficult to create a program that perfectly understands which web pages are safe and which are not.

    The larger the company, the more security breaches tend to happen as well. The municipal client that my company consults to has removed admin permissions from all user PCs, so that nothing can be installed without the consent of the IT department. This does not impact a lot of people in their day to day work, but it has impacted my group. I personally find it frustrating, but after seeing the number of user-caused security breaches in the past, I can understand why it has become necessary. For most IT departments, the promise of avoiding a virus that could corrupt or ransom your data is worth the extra frustration to their end users.

    Christopher Seigel P.E., M.ASCE
    Civil Engineer