Acceptable use Policy
KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’s intentions for publishing an Acceptable Use Policy are not to impose restrictions contrary to KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’s established culture of openness, trust, and integrity. KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES is committed to protecting KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’s employees, partners, and the company from illegal or damaging actions by individuals, either knowingly or unknowingly.
Internet/Intranet/Extranet-related systems, including but not limited to computer equipment, software, operating systems, storage media, network accounts providing electronic mail, WWW browsing, and FTP, are the property of KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES. These systems are to be used for business purposes in serving the interests of the company and of our clients and customers in the course of normal operations. Please review Human Resources policies for further details.
Effective security is a team effort involving the participation and support of every KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES employee and affiliate who deals with information and/or information systems. It is the responsibility of every computer user to know these guidelines and to conduct their activities accordingly.
The purpose of this policy is to outline the acceptable use of computer equipment at KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES. These rules are in place to protect the employee and KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES. Inappropriate use exposes KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES to risks, including virus attacks, compromise of network systems and services, and legal issues.
This policy applies to the use of information, electronic and computing devices, and network resources to conduct KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES business or interact with internal networks and business systems, whether owned or leased by KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES, the employee, or a third party. All employees, contractors, consultants, temporary, and other workers at KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES and its subsidiaries are responsible for exercising good judgment regarding appropriate use of information, electronic devices, and network resources following KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES policies and standards and local laws and regulation. Exceptions to this policy are documented in section 5.2
This policy applies to employees, contractors, consultants, temporaries, and other workers at KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES, including all personnel affiliated with third parties. This policy applies to all equipment that is owned or leased by KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES.
- General Use and Ownership
- KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES proprietary information stored on electronic and computing devices, whether owned or leased by KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES, the employee or a third party, remains the sole property of KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES. You must ensure through legal or technical means that proprietary information is protected following the Data Protection Standard.
- You have a responsibility to promptly report the theft, loss, or unauthorized disclosure of KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES proprietary information.
- You may access, use or share KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES proprietary information only to the extent it is authorized and necessary to fulfill your assigned job duties.
- Employees are responsible for exercising good judgment regarding the reasonableness of personal use. Individual departments are responsible for creating guidelines concerning personal use of Internet/Intranet/Extranet systems. In the absence of such policies, employees should be guided by departmental policies on personal use, and if there is any uncertainty, employees should consult their supervisor or manager.
- For security and network maintenance purposes, authorized individuals within KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES may monitor equipment, systems, and network traffic at any time, per KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’ Audit Policy.
- General Use and Ownership
KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES reserves the right to audit networks and systems periodically to ensure compliance with this policy.
5. Security and Proprietary Information
- All mobile and computing devices that connect to the internal network must comply with the Minimum Access Policy.
- System-level and user-level passwords must comply with the Password Policy. Providing access to another individual, either deliberately or through failure to secure its access, is prohibited.
- All computing devices must be secured with a password-protected screensaver with the automatic activation feature for 10 minutes or less. You must lock the screen or log off when the device is unattended.
- Postings by employees from a KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES email address to newsgroups should contain a disclaimer stating that the opinions expressed are strictly their own and not necessarily those of KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES unless posting is in the course of business duties.
- Employees must use extreme caution when opening e-mail attachments received from unknown senders, which may contain malware.
6. Unacceptable Use
The following activities are, in general, prohibited. Employees may be exempted from these restrictions during the course of their legitimate job responsibilities (e.g., systems administration staff may need to disable the network access of a host if that host is disrupting production services).
Under no circumstances is an employee of KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES authorized to engage in any illegal activity under local, state, federal, or international law whil-uipe utilizing KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES-owned resources.
The lists below are by no means exhaustive but attempt to provide a framework for activities that fall into the category of unacceptable use.
- System and Network Activities
The following activities are strictly prohibited, with no exceptions:
- Violations of the rights of any person or company protected by copyright, trade secret, patent or other intellectual property, or similar laws or regulations, including, but not limited to, the installation or distribution of “pirated” or other software products that are not appropriately licensed for use by KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES.
- Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material includes digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books, or other copyrighted sources, copyrighted music, and the installation of any copyrighted software for which KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES or the end-user does not have an active license are strictly prohibited.
- Accessing data, a server, or an account for any purpose other than conducting KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES business is prohibited even if you have authorized access.
- Exporting software, technical information, encryption software or technology, in violation of international or regional export control laws is illegal. The appropriate management should be consulted before the export of any material that is in question.
- Introduction of malicious programs into the network or server (e.g., viruses, worms, Trojan horses, e-mail bombs, etc.).
- Revealing your account password to others or allowing the use of your account by others. This includes family and other household members when work is being done at home.
- Using a KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES computing asset to actively engage in procuring or transmitting material that violates sexual harassment or hostile workplace laws in the user’s local jurisdiction.
- Making fraudulent offers of products, items, or services originating from any KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES account.
- Making statements about warranty, expressly or implied, unless it is a part of normal job duties.
- Effecting security breaches or disruptions of network communication. Security breaches include, but are not limited to, accessing data of which the employee is not an intended recipient or logging into a server or account that the employee is not expressly authorized to access unless these duties are within the scope of regular duties. For purposes of this section, “disruption” includes, but is not limited to, network sniffing, pinged floods, packet spoofing, denial of service, and forged routing information for malicious purposes.
- Port scanning or security scanning is expressly prohibited unless prior notification to KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES is made.
- Executing any form of network monitoring which will intercept data not intended for the employee’s host, unless this activity is a part of the employee’s normal job/duty.
- Circumventing user authentication or security of any host, network, or account.
- Introducing honeypots, honeynets, or similar technology on the KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES network.
- Interfering with or denying service to any user other than the employee’s host (for example, denial of service attack).
- Using any program/script/command, or sending messages of any kind, with the intent to interfere with, or disable, a user’s terminal session, via any means, locally or via the Internet/Intranet/Extranet.
- Providing information about, or lists of, KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES employees to parties outside KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES.
7. Email and Communication Activities
When using company resources to access and use the Internet, users must realize they represent the company. Whenever employees state an affiliation to the company, they must also clearly indicate that “the opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily those of the company.” Questions may be addressed to the IT Department.
- Sending unsolicited email messages, including the sending of “junk mail” or other advertising material to individuals who did not specifically request such material (email spam).
- Any form of harassment via email, telephone, or paging, whether through language, frequency, or size of messages.
- Unauthorized use, or forging, of email header information.
- Solicitation of email for any other email address, other than that of the poster’s account, with the intent to harass or to collect replies.
- Creating or forwarding “chain letters,” “Ponzi” or other “pyramid” schemes of any type.
- Use unsolicited email originating from within KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’ networks of other Internet/Intranet/Extranet service providers on behalf of, or to advertise, any service hosted by KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES or connected via KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’s network.
- Posting the same or similar non-business-related messages to large numbers of Usenet newsgroups (newsgroup spam).
Blogging and social media
- Blogging by employees, whether using KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’s property and systems or personal computer systems, is also subject to the terms and restrictions outlined in this Policy. Limited and occasional use of KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’s systems to engage in blogging is acceptable, provided that it is done professionally and responsibly, does not otherwise violate KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’s policy, is not detrimental to KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’s best interests, and does not interfere with an employee’s regular work duties. Blogging from KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’ systems is also subject to monitoring.
- KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’ Confidential Information policy also applies to blogging. As such, Employees are prohibited from revealing any <Company> confidential or proprietary information, trade secrets, or any other material covered by <Company>’s Confidential Information policy when engaged in blogging.
- Employees shall not engage in any blogging that may harm or tarnish the image, reputation, and/or goodwill of KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES and/or any of its employees. Employees are also prohibited from making any discriminatory, disparaging, defamatory, or harassing comments when blogging or otherwise engaging in any conduct prohibited by KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment
- Employees may also not attribute personal statements, opinions, or beliefs to KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES when blogging. If an employee expresses their beliefs and/or opinions in blogs, the employee may not, expressly or implicitly, represent themselves as an employee or representative of KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES. Employees assume any risks associated with blogging.
- Apart from following all laws about the handling and disclosure of copyrighted or export controlled materials, KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES’s trademarks, logos, and any other KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES intellectual property may also not be used in connection with any blogging activity.
8. Policy Compliance
- Compliance Measurement
The KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES team will verify compliance to this policy through various methods, including but not limited to business tool reports, internal and external audits, and feedback to the policy owner.
The KORSGY TECHNOLOGIES team must approve any exception to the policy in advance.
An employee found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
11. Related Standards, Policies, and Processes
- Data Classification Policy
- Data Protection Standard
- Social Media Policy
- Minimum Access Policy
- Password Policy
12. Definitions and Terms
The following definition and terms can be found in the SANS Glossary located at:
- Proprietary Information