Information Security’s intentions for publishing an Acceptable Use Policy are not to impose restrictions that are contrary to Decisive Analytical Systems established culture of openness, trust and integrity. Infosec is committed to protecting Decisive Analytical Systems employees, partners and the company from illegal or damaging actions by individuals, either knowingly or unknowingly.
Internet/Intranet/Extranet-related systems, including but not limited to computer equipment, software, operating systems, storage media, network accounts providing electronic mail, WWW browsing, and FTP, are the property of Decisive Analytical Systems. These systems are to be used for business purposes in serving the interests of the company, and of our clients and customers in the course of normal operations.
Effective security is a team effort involving the participation and support of every Decisive Analytical Systems employee and affiliate who deals with information and/or information systems. It is the responsibility of every computer user to know these guidelines, and to conduct their activities accordingly.
The purpose of this policy is to outline the acceptable use of computer equipment at Decisive Analytical Systems. These rules are in place to protect the employee and Decisive Analytical Systems. Inappropriate use exposes Decisive Analytical Systems to risks including virus attacks, compromise of network systems and services, and legal issues.
This policy applies to the use of information, electronic and computing devices, and network resources to conduct Decisive Analytical Systems business or interact with internal networks and business systems, whether owned or leased by Decisive Analytical Systems, the employee, or a third party. All employees, contractors, consultants, temporary, and other workers at Decisive Analytical Systems and its subsidiaries are responsible for exercising good judgment regarding appropriate use of information, electronic devices, and network resources in accordance with Decisive Analytical Systems policies and standards, and local laws and regulation.
This policy applies to employees, contractors, consultants, temporaries, and other workers at Decisive Analytical Systems, including all personnel affiliated with third parties. This policy applies to all equipment that is owned or leased by Decisive Analytical Systems.
Decisive Analytical Systems proprietary information stored on electronic and computing devices whether owned or leased by Decisive Analytical Systems, the employee or a third party, remains the sole property of Decisive Analytical Systems. You must ensure through legal or technical means that proprietary information is protected in accordance with the Data Protection Standard.
You have a responsibility to promptly report the theft, loss or unauthorized disclosure of Decisive Analytical Systems proprietary information.
You may access, use or share Decisive Analytical Systems proprietary information only to the extent it is authorized and necessary to fulfill your assigned job duties.
Employees are responsible for exercising good judgment regarding the reasonableness of personal use. Individual departments are responsible for creating guidelines concerning personal use of Internet/Intranet/Extranet systems. In the absence of such policies, employees should be guided by departmental policies on personal use, and if there is any uncertainty, employees should consult their supervisor or manager.
For security and network maintenance purposes, authorized individuals within Decisive Analytical Systems may monitor equipment, systems and network traffic at any time.
Decisive Analytical Systems reserves the right to audit networks and systems on a periodic basis to ensure compliance with this policy.
All mobile and computing devices that connect to the internal network must comply with the Minimum Access Policy.
System level and user level passwords must comply with the Password Policy. Providing access to another individual, either deliberately or through failure to secure its access, is prohibited.
All computing devices must be secured with a password-protected screensaver with the automatic activation feature set to 10 minutes or less. You must lock the screen or log off when the device is unattended.
Employees must use extreme caution when opening email attachments received from unknown senders, which may contain malware.
The following activities are, in general, prohibited. Employees may be exempted from these restrictions during the course of their legitimate job responsibilities (e.g., systems administration staff may have a need to disable the network access of a host if that host is disrupting production services). Under no circumstances is an employee of Decisive Analytical Systems authorized to engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state, federal or international law while utilizing Decisive Analytical Systems-owned resources. The lists below are by no means exhaustive, but attempt to provide a framework for activities which fall into the category of unacceptable use.
The following activities are strictly prohibited, with no exceptions:
Violations of the rights of any person or company protected by copyright, trade secret, patent or other intellectual property, or similar laws or regulations, including, but not limited to, the installation or distribution of "pirated" or other software products that are not appropriately licensed for use by Decisive Analytical Systems.
Unauthorized copying of copyrighted material including, but not limited to, digitization and distribution of photographs from magazines, books or other copyrighted sources, copyrighted music, and the installation of any copyrighted software for which Decisive Analytical Systems or the end user does not have an active license is strictly prohibited.
Accessing data, a server or an account for any purpose other than conducting Decisive Analytical Systems business, even if you have authorized access, is prohibited.
Exporting software, technical information, encryption software or technology, in violation of international or regional export control laws, is illegal. The appropriate management should be consulted prior to export of any material that is in question.
Introduction of malicious programs into the network or server (e.g., viruses, worms, Trojan horses, e-mail bombs, etc.).
Revealing your account password to others or allowing use of your account by others. This includes family and other household members when work is being done at home.
Using a Decisive Analytical Systems computing asset to actively engage in procuring or transmitting material that is in violation of sexual harassment or hostile workplace laws in the user's local jurisdiction.
Making fraudulent offers of products, items, or services originating from any Decisive Analytical Systems account.
Making statements about warranty, expressly or implied, unless it is a part of normal job duties.
Effecting security breaches or disruptions of network communication. Security breaches include, but are not limited to, accessing data of which the employee is not an intended recipient or logging into a server or account that the employee is not expressly authorized to access, unless these duties are within the scope of regular duties. For purposes of this section, "disruption" includes, but is not limited to, network sniffing, pinged floods, packet spoofing, denial of service, and forged routing information for malicious purposes.
Port scanning or security scanning is expressly prohibited unless prior notification to Infosec is made.
Executing any form of network monitoring which will intercept data not intended for the employee's host, unless this activity is a part of the employee's normal job/duty.
Circumventing user authentication or security of any host, network or account.
Introducing honeypots, honeynets, or similar technology on the Decisive Analytical Systems network.
Interfering with or denying service to any user other than the employee's host (for example, denial of service attack).
Using any program/script/command, or sending messages of any kind, with the intent to interfere with, or disable, a user's terminal session, via any means, locally or via the Internet/Intranet/Extranet.
Providing information about, or lists of, Decisive Analytical Systems employees to parties outside Decisive Analytical Systems.
When using company resources to access and use the Internet, users must realize they represent the company. Whenever employees state an affiliation to the company, they must also clearly indicate that "the opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily those of the company". Questions may be addressed to the Head of IT
The following definition and terms can be found in the SANS Glossary located at:www.sans.org/security-resources/glossary-of-terms/
Last Modified: 1st January 2021