For many businesses, internet connectivity, email and instant messaging are essential tools for communication, information and collaboration. Employee abuse of these tools could put your business at risk, resulting in a loss of productivity, information theft, harassment or worse. In response, many businesses are searching for ways to monitor employee interactions online and limit access to websites that could compromise their networks. Content filtering can help monitor emails and limit access to sites with questionable content that do not provide value to their employees.
What are the benefits of content filtering?
Business owners are concerned about the productivity of their employees. In a small company with just a handful of employees it's much easier to monitor online activities. However, as your company grows, monitoring what goes on online can become a difficult task. About 64% of employees admit to using the internet for personal use during working hours, resulting in lost productivity. In fact, non-work related Internet surfing results in up to a 40% loss in productivity at American businesses each year.
Internet access is a necessity in many workplaces, but can lead to abuse when left unguarded. Content filtering helps cut down on internet abuse during working hours while still allowing employees access to information by restricting access to sites that do not provide value to the workplace.
Increased Network Protection
Did you know that 60% of security breaches occur within the company, behind the firewall? The average fraud costs a company a little over $100,000 and is typically committed by "insiders". Online workplace fraud and information theft can include anything from emailing sensitive financial or products documents to recipients outside of the organization to hacking your company's network.
Equally as important is the growing concern over computer viruses, spyware and malware. Security breaches to corporate networks both large and small by hackers are becoming a reality that can no longer be ignored. Malware and viruses downloaded from questionable sites can have devastating effects on your computer network. A content filtering policy can restrict access to dubious sites and monitor employee actions, helping you reduce the chances of an attack.
Prevent Liability Issues
Access to information in the workplace is essential to many job functions, but did you know that how your employees use the tools to access that information could pose a liability to your organization? Over 70% of companies have had inappropriate sites accessed using their network, and 27% of Fortune 500 organizations have had to defend themselves against claims of sexual harassment stemming from email at some point in time.
If you aren't conducting policy training and monitoring internal messages, you could be putting your organization at risk. Having a content filtering plan in place can help prevent the possibility of being held liable for such actions by demonstrating a "duty of care" to reduce unacceptable employee activity.
Does your business have a content filtering policy in place?
Stratosphere Networks can help you implement an effective content filtering policy with flexible solutions designed to accommodate the way you do business. What kind of content can we filter?
- Unwanted email
- Objectionable websites
- Phishing scams
With our content filtering solutions, you can choose the type of content that is permitted as viewable over the Internet to users of a specific network. We offer the option to block unprofessional and inappropriate websites from your servers and regulate unwanted emails so that email inboxes can remain uncluttered and organized. Stratosphere Networks also offers preventive measures against harmful malware. This includes protection against computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, or adware that may compromise the data or performance of your computer network.
Don't wait until it's too late to start protecting your business. Contact us about our content filtering services for small to enterprise business today for a complimentary quote.