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Internet/Intranet Usage

CDC staff use the Intranet and the Internet to do research, obtain and provide information, and communicate with others via email. While it is expected that all staff will use these IT resources for official business, CDC has authorized their use for personal activities with certain specific limits and prohibitions. See publication "Employee Use of CDC Information Technology Resources". Of primary importance is that personal use of IT assets falls within the following parameters:
  • It is incidental,
  • Involves minimal additional expense to the government,
  • Is performed on the employee's personal time,
  • Does not interfere with the mission or operations of the agency,
  • Does not violate federal laws or the provisions [specified in items V.1 and V.2] of this policy.

CDC policy calls for blocking selected sites on the Internet because they contain prohibited materials, represent a risk to the integrity of agency IT assets, etc. However, not all risks can be filtered out, and user discretion is a key factor in protecting the agency from attack and compromise via the Internet. Rejecting automatic updates to software and downloading needed documents and code only from known sites and then scanning for virus are two key steps that can help.

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