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Acceptable Use. By: Keith R. Watson CoC Information Security Manager. What is acceptable use?. Simply – what you are allowed and not allowed to do with Georgia Tech owned resources. This includes: Computers & Networks Telephones, Cell Phones, & Fax Machines

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Acceptable use

Acceptable Use

By: Keith R. Watson

CoC Information Security Manager


What is acceptable use

What is acceptable use?

  • Simply – what you are allowed and not allowed to do with Georgia Tech owned resources.

  • This includes:

    • Computers & Networks

    • Telephones, Cell Phones, & Fax Machines

    • Your Office, Office Furniture, Office Supplies, Credit Cards, & Vehicles

    • Everything owned by Georgia Tech (which in turn is owned by the State of Georgia)

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What happens if you don t comply

What happens if you don’t comply?

  • You are subject to disciplinary action up to and including:

    • Being fired

    • Criminal prosecution

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What is incidental personal use

What is incidental personal use?

  • We will focus on computer & network use.

  • Personal use that does not prevent GT resources from being used for scholarly and business purposes and meets the following standards:

    • Does not create a security or legal risk for Georgia Tech.

    • Does not interfere with worker productivity.

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What is incidental personal use cont

What is incidental personal use? – cont.

  • Does not consume more than a trivial amount of resources that could otherwise be used for scholarly or business purposes.

  • Does not require the installation of any software or hardware unrelated to business or scholarly use.

  • Does not constitute inappropriate behavior for a professional work environment.

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Examples of inappropriate personal use

Examples of inappropriate personal use

  • This will apply to GT owned laptop and desktop computers.

    • Letting family members and friends use your computer for any reason.

    • Doing your taxes or anyone else's taxes.

    • Installing software not related to business operations such as games.

    • Downloading music or videos.

    • Storing your legally owned music or videos.

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Examples of inappropriate personal use cont

Examples of inappropriate personal use – cont.

  • Email for a business.

  • Viewing inappropriate material.

  • Using your computer for ANY non-GT business purposes regardless of financial gain.

  • This applies to work and home use of GT owned computers and laptops.

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Examples of appropriate personal use

Examples of appropriate personal use

  • Listening to music or watching video online during breaks or lunch (must not interfere with your work or the work of others).

  • Listening or watching your own music or video stored on your own storage device.

  • Surfing the Internet (provided the material is appropriate, and the sites you visit are not hazardous to your computer).

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Examples of appropriate personal use cont

Examples of appropriate personal use – cont.

  • Trivial use of GT email such as “don’t forget to pickup milk on the way home”.

  • Checking your non-business related personal web mail (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail).

  • Checking your non-business related social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter).

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Appropriate use rules of thumb

Appropriate use rules of thumb

  • Avoid activates that interfere with your work or the work of others.

  • Don’t install any software that is not directly related to GT business use.

  • Don’t store personal files not related to GT business (e.g. music, video, email, taxes, Word or Excel documents).

  • Don’t view material inappropriate for the work place.

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Appropriate use rules of thumb cont

Appropriate use rules of thumb – cont.

  • Don’t store non-GT related sensitive data.

  • When it doubt – ask (we are not out to get you, we want to help).

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Resources questions

Resources & Questions

  • Computer & Network Usage and Security Policy

    • http://www.oit.gatech.edu/sites/default/files/CNUSP.pdf

  • Keith R. Watson

    CoC Information Security Manager

    [email protected]

    404-385-7401

  • Questions?

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