PRRD getting an Acceptable Use Policy

It is time to wear some protection at the PRRD. Online that is.

It was noted today that the PRRD has never had an Acceptable Use Policy for electronics and online matters, and this puts the organization at risk. However, IT manager Trevor Ouellette says those days are coming to an end.

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“Technology is great, and provides a new way of doing things. However common sense still has to prevail,” he says.

“Just because tech allows you to do something, doesn’t mean that you should.”

Ouellette noted when he joined the PRRD he was shocked one was not in place.

“When I joined, surprised that there wasn’t an AUP in place, considering the amount of data municipal governments need to manage.”

Ouellette noted online scammers are now making a concerted effort to target local governments and municipalities.

Ouellette noted risks were; inconsistency, increased liability, privacy expectations, and a general risk to an organization’s confidential data and personal devices

“Attacks are getting more and more sophisticated. Criminals are working harder to look authentic, when it is not.”

Ouellette said no one using PRRD devices should expect privacy.

“This policy enforces clear rules governing computer, mobile, Internet, software, wireless, cloud and network usage and applies whether in the office or at a remote location using PRRD technology/resources,” he said.

“The policy provides clear direction to users around accountability and responsibility when using technology.”

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