Web Filtering in the Workplace: Finding the Best Solution

Friday, May 14th, 2010

There are many issues surrounding Web filtering in the workplace today.  Among them are whether to filter or not filter, and if you do filter, how strict should your policies be, what’s the best way to implement a Web filter, and what’s the best type of filter for your organization?  Wavecrest Computing attempts to answer these questions and more in our latest white paper, “Web Filtering in the Workplace: Finding the Best Solution.”  This paper discusses some of the issues surrounding Web filtering today, the different types of Web filters, and how Wavecrest approaches filtering with its RealTimePlus Filtering technology.

White Paper: Web Filtering in the Workplace: Finding the Best Solution

Social Networking or Social Not-working?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Social networking in the workplace is a major dilemma for today’s businesses. Does it help or hurt the organization? While some companies block social networking, some say it helps by enhancing collaboration among employees, partners and customers. Others say it hurts by draining productivity and bandwidth and creating legal liability and network security risks.

A survey conducted by Nucleus Research showed that 77 percent of workers who have a Facebook account use it during work hours. Of those who do use Facebook at work, 87% said they could not define a clear business reason for accessing the site and some reported using it as much as two hours per day.

So, in the face of all the countervailing views, just what is the best approach to the issue? Options include banning it altogether, using it with no restrictions, and employing it for business purposes only.

The short answer is, “It depends.”

That is, for any one organization, the answer really depends on management’s views on a number of issues. Among these are the nature and objectives of the business, organizational culture and managerial style, workforce morale factors, workforce demographics and skills, availability of technological solutions, and the need for external communications.

We are often asked about this issue.  So we developed this paper to share our knowledge and views. It explores various aspects of the issue, cites some relevant facts, and provides several recommendations. Our hope is that this information will help organizations that are struggling today with this contemporary and very important issue.

Read the full white paper: Social Networking or Social Not-working?