If you weren't already aware, there are people in your company's IT department that can see all if they need to. Most of the time, they're busy with other things, but these four activities will likely put you under the microscope. Photo by Worldskills UK.
Jake Swearingen at New York Magazine's Select/All spoke with a few system and network administrators to find out what will get a typical employee on their watch list. For the most part, IT departments will do very little active monitoring because it costs them time and effort that's best spent elsewhere. But there are a few things that will raise some eyebrows and draw attention:
- Low productivity output: If it looks like you're keeping busy, but always have very little to show for it, your boss may get IT to monitor your IM traffic, email traffic and application activity.
- Saving personal files to a network: Many companies offer network storage for employees. If a system admin finds an area filling up too fast or performing slower than usual, they will probably look into it and find whatever you've put there. Best to keep the videos and music on your own drives if you don't want to raise any red flags.
- NSFW files or web sites: Getting caught with anything that's clearly NSFW on company equipment will all but guarantee being reprimanded and/or being monitored.
- Non-technical suspicious behaviour: Most of the time, system admins get called to monitor someone because of their behaviour around the workplace. Acting secretive, sneaky, aloof, dissonant or even lazy is sometimes enough to ping on their radar.
Remember, anything you do on company equipment can be seen. Files, messages and other data can be decrypted, intercepted in transit or captured via keylogger or screen-capture software. The only way to ensure your messages and other goings-on stay private is to use your personal phone not connected to the company Wi-Fi. The whole article is worth a read, so check it out at the link below.
The Things You Might Be Doing That Will Force Your IT Guy to Start Spying on You [New York Magazine]