The Navy CIO’s office has updated its policies on usage of its IT by employees and military personnel, saying that inappropriate use “impacts overall network performance, impedes critical business and mission needs and exposes our information systems to unnecessary vulnerabilities.”
Personal use is allowed within limits, it says, such as for “personal communications that are most reasonably made during the work day (such as checking in with immediate family, scheduling doctor and auto or home repair appointments, brief Internet searches, conducting on-line banking, and distance learning).”
Inappropriate uses include “recreational Internet surfing,” streaming movies or music and “downloading images for personal use.” Users also are not to access “inappropriate” sites or applications, use official email to sign up for non-official online services, or engage in behavior prohibited by the Hatch Act. Users further must not bypass cybersecurity protections or introduce or use unauthorized software into official systems, nor may they use personal hardware or software for official purposes, among other provisions.
“Appropriately controlling access to, and personal use of, DON IT resources is a leadership issue. Commanders, commanding officers, civilian leaders, and officers in charge must engage with their users to ensure DON IT resources are being utilized in an acceptable manner and in accordance with this policy,” says the policy.
“Ensure your personnel are aware the DON uses tools to monitor user activity and implements varying levels of capacity/filtering restrictions. Communications made using DON IT and information stored on DON IT are not private, are subject to routine monitoring, interception, and search, and may be disclosed for any authorized government purposes,” it adds.