IT Departments Prepare to Block March Madness Content
Half of IT pros say their companies take some level of action to block, throttle or ban streaming non-work content at the workplace.As the March Madness NCAA basketball games approach—with the kick-off set for March 19—a national survey of 500 IT professionals commissioned by Modis reveals that one-third of office IT departments are preparing to block, ban or slow down streaming of March Madness content. Somewhat surprisingly, 66 percent of IT professionals whose departments actively work against streaming non-work content said that they'd be willing to make an exception for the CEO of the company or even senior employees (52 percent). Despite their powerful positions in their companies, IT professionals don't afford themselves any special treatment. Just 12 percent said they would make exceptions for themselves when it comes to the company's content-streaming policies. Of the 502 employed IT professionals surveyed, nearly half (48 percent) said their companies take some level of action to block, throttle or ban streaming content at the workplace. Three in 10 (30 percent) admitted their departments monitor employees who are violating content policies.
To prepare for March Madness, some IT departments remind employees about content-streaming policies (24 percent), while 23 percent ask employees not to visit sports sites on the honor system. The survey also indicated companies may start to tighten the reins.