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Re: Survey: Chat and IM
From: "Chris Berry" <compjma () hotmail com>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 11:20:28 -0800
From: "tony toni" <tony572001 () hotmail com>
We currently are allowing web based chat and instant messaging. I know
that there are lots of security issues involved with its usage. The IT
folks are telling me that it is a common practice in the industry. I have
a hard time believing this and this is one battle I would like to take on.
First question, is this capability adding to your employees ability to
conduct business? If it is, you may have to allow it regardless of the
implications. For example, a company without web access is very secure, but
who can afford not to have web access nowadays?
QUESTION: DOES YOUR COMPANY ALLOW WEB BASED CHAT AND INSTANT MESSAGING?
If this was a battle you fought, could you please give me some ideas on how
you won the battle. Any good articles/white papers that could support my
We do not allow it here because it would not enhance our productivity.
While there are a few exploits related to certain applications like AIM, I'd
be more worried about the social engineering aspect. Honestly though, I'm
not sure why you're so worried about this particular feature, just inspect
the chat clients they're using and lock them down or forbid the least secure
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