As we prepare to tune in on February 3 to watch the Giants ruin the Patriots’ close-to-perfect season, many of us go online for more information. Employees read more about the game and the news leading up to it. They enter online pools and check out upcoming parties. They may start watching streaming video and participating in chat rooms so they can dish out some smack talk.
This uses business bandwidth and also provides a vector for attackers, most notably for phishing and malware.
Andrew Lochart, vice president of marketing and product management at St. Bernard, offers his top three tips to manage workers’ online access and prevent visits to malicious phishing sites during the final days of the football season:
1. Explain and enforce the company’s acceptable usage policies with regard to Internet access. Employees who succumb to the temptation of watching online videos of game highlights will saturate the network’s bandwidth and prevent real work from getting done. Consider allowing entry to video sites at lunch time for some ‘video snacking’.
2. Make personnel aware of the dangers of Super Bowl-themed phishing attacks that will claim to offer big prizes in online pools. Any Web site that asks for an employee’s social security, debit card or PIN numbers in order to enter a betting pool is actually engaging identity theft. Ensure that your anti-spam solution will block such come-ons, and that your Web-filtering tool will keep employees from visiting phishing sites.
3. Do the employees a favor and block access to all online gambling sites. Online gambling at work is never a good idea, but the Super Bowl can entice even the most straight-edge worker. It’s a good time to check that your acceptable usage polices are being correctly enforced by your Internet filter.