Policies of the draconian sort…I love working at a bank!

So yesterday I got the following email:

Matt, CSIRT received the alert below showing that you used AOL chat from the JPMC infrastructure. Use of external instant messaging and webmail are violations of the IT Control Policies due to the inherent security risks involved.

Additionally, the firm’s workstation inventory system shows your machine has several unauthorized software programs installed, including games, chat clients, iTunes, Google and Yahoo utilities, multimedia programs, etc. The full list of questionable programs is pasted below and in the attached file for your reference.

Please provide your exception ID for this usage, or:
confirm removal of the all questionable software from your machine,
cease installing unauthorized software and
stop using internet chat from JPMC assets and infrastructure.

Please note that continued violations without an exception requires CSIRT to notify Employee Relations as well.

Access 2003 Bible
AOL Instant Messenger
Call of Duty(R) 2
CompanionLink for Google Calendar
DiskView
Flickr Uploadr 2.3
Foxit Reader
Google Desktop
Google Earth
Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
iTunes
Magic ISO Maker v5.4 (build 0239)
Picasa 2
PINs 4
Replay Media Catcher
Sid Meier’s Civilization 4
Sid Meier’s Civilization 4 – Warlords
SMSNomadP2P R1
Trillian
Viewpoint Media Player
WinRAR archiver
Yahoo! Install Manager

So, first of all, this means that no more IM-ing from work. So if you need to talk to me, email me on Gmail (I can get that on my BlackBerry). I’m also annoyed that they made me uninstall iTunes, but I don’t really use it at work, so whatever. The really annoying thing is that they want me to uninstall PINS (password management tool) and Magic ISO Maker (I use this to create floppy disk images for remote media mounting on HP RiLO boards).

I uninstalled everything except PINS, because, well, I need it.

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~ by Matt Stratton on May 22, 2007.

4 Responses to “Policies of the draconian sort…I love working at a bank!”

  1. you can’t install google toolbar???

    eesh.

  2. jesus, ridiculous much?

  3. Yeah. I understand why they don’t want Google Desktop (because it can sync files up to Google, so for a security standpoint it could be a hole) and Google Earth (very bandwidth-intensive), but not idea about why Google Toolbar is blocked.

    Of course, Flickr is blocked here, but YouTube is allowed, as well as Picasaweb . *shrug*

  4. Wow.

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