Employees' Online Shopping May Disrupt IT Networks

By Dennis McCafferty
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    54% of employees surveyed expect to do some holiday shopping online at work.

It's an inevitable part of the winter holidays—as common as mistletoe, eggnog and Santa: A multitude of employees will use their organization's technology tools and networks to shop online. While most employees don't mean any harm—and will even go online during their lunch breaks, rather than on company time—too many others will do so without restrictions. This poses a number of problems, including the appropriate use of both employees' time and company IT resources. As for what to expect this season? A recent survey from CareerBuilder indicates that the trend will increase this December, as considerably more workers expect to shop online while at work this month than last year. Some employers will respond with severe penalties (including the firing of professionals who get caught), but the vast majority of organizations will depend on their technology department to keep systems running despite the increase in non-work-related traffic. With that in mind, we're also including several best practices from Internap for network administration to follow at all times, but especially during the holidays.

This article was originally published on 2013-12-16
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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