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NIH monitoring Internet use

The National Institutes of Health has deployed software to track and manage Internet use for more than 41,000 employees. NIH, an agency in the Department of Health and Human Services, signed a two-year contract with San Diego-based Websense Inc. for the company’s Websense Enterprise employee Internet management software. The software, which blocks certain Web sites or limits personal Internet use, is intended to increase productivity and cut down on security risks. “The Internet today is a very enticing and compelling environment,” said Websense chief technology officer Harold Kester. It affects a “company’s most important asset, their employee, and their most powerful tool. It’s like putting a gambling casino and a Playboy magazine on every desktop.” The contract also includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indian Health Service. More than 400 government organizations are currently using Websense, Kester said, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Commerce Department and the Army. Full Story

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