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F16/092

Staff accessing websites

Request Description

1.      Over the last 5 years how many of your employees have been dismissed or disciplined for trying to access or accessing websites that are blocked or inappropriate at work? Can you give a breakdown of how many have lost their jobs as a result & why, what their job title was and how many have had warnings and what they were for i.e. pornography, also including their job titles. Can you please provide a year by year breakdown

2.      In the last 12 months in order of popularity can you provide a full list of the websites visited on your network?

3.      Over the last 5 years, with a year by year breakdown, how many times have you had to block people from accessing websites and why? What are the websites you've blocked?

4.      Over the last 5 years, with a year by year breakdown, how many times has your system been hacked or disrupted by hackers/cyber attacks?

5.      Over the last 5 years, with a year by year breakdown, how much money has been spent on trying to prevent hacking/cyber attacks?

6.      Over the last 5 years, with a year by year breakdown, have you had to report to the police any of your staff/members of the public for accessing or trying to access any terrorism related sites? If so how many? 

Request Date5 February 2016
Requested byMedia 
Released Date  

29 March 2016

Response

1. None on record

2. See attached report for 2015. See response to  Note 2 below.

3. We use an external company to monitor our Internet activity. They do not retain 5 years' worth of data. I have been able to provide you with a report for 2015.  

4. None on record

5.  There is a specific budget for a range of security products to the value of £30,730 for 2015/16. This budget has been in place for the last 5 years.

6. None on record

Note 1 - the urls listed as blocked include those which have been blocked as pop-ups, and embedded widgets/i-frames on other websites i.e. a user may not have visited the site but content may have been embedded as an advertisement on a 3rd party site.

Note 2 -  Some sites (e.g Youtube) show as both "blocked" and "allowed".  Our network load monitoring prioritises different types of traffic, with urls that indicate high bandwidth consumption being blocked when network traffic volumes increase.

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