Users Behaving Badly

May 05, 2014

little boy in front of blackboard with "I will try harder in class" 30 times

News flash: Users sometimes do things with their work computers that they’re not supposed to. Even when they know better. Even when they've specifically been told not to.

Right. In other news, rocks are hard and water is wet. Is this a surprise to anyone? But what could be a surprise is that we now know how many of them are committing these workplace computer transgressions.

According to a recent survey of 300 IT administrators, a whopping 92 percent see their users doing things on their work computers that they hadn't ought to be doing. What are some examples?

  • Browsing social media websites—82 percent
  • Opening inappropriate email attachments—57 percent
  • Downloading games—52 percent
  • Plugging in unauthorized USB devices—51 percent
  • Plugging in unauthorized personal devices—50 percent
  • Downloading illegally (e.g. pirating movies, music or software)—45 percent
  • Looking for other jobs—39 percent

But some commentators didn’t see that 92 percent statistic as “whopping” at all.

The only thing surprising about the resulting IT Admin Behavioral Study is that the company described the results as surprising—and that fact that only 92 percent of IT admins report troublesome habits among office workers using company computers,” writes Noreen Seebacher in CMSwire. “Are the other 8 percent of IT admins ignorant or just na