Instant Messaging Usage and Security Policy

Author(s): Sean Burkett

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The instant messaging usage and security policy outlines the standards for the usage of, and security controls associated with, corporate instant messaging. Instant messaging can be used as a form of real-time communication within an organization to enhance employee productivity. However, instant messaging carries some security risks that must be addressed. The instant messaging usage and security policy will help ensure that the privilege of using instant messaging is not abused and appropriate security measures are maintained.

Risks addressed by this policy:

  • Virus introduced to company systems through instant messaging
  • Confidential corporate information is leaked through instant messaging
  • Diminished employee productivity as a result of instant messaging

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