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Acceptable Use of the Government Network and Information Technology Assets

In support of its mandate, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is responsible for the protection, security and management of the ‘Government Network’ and government information technology (IT) assets. It is critical that the Network and government IT assets are protected from unauthorized or inappropriate access or use. Inappropriate access or use of the Network and government IT assets, either knowingly or unknowingly, exposes the Employer to risks that may compromise the protection, security and performance of its information, IT systems and services.

As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of inappropriate access or use of the Network or government IT assets, the OCIO has implemented the Acceptable Use of the Government Network and IT Assets Directive. The purpose of this Directive is to reduce the risk of inappropriate access or use of the Network or government IT assets by informing and educating end users of:

  • appropriate and acceptable end user behavior when using the Network and government IT assets, including the end user’s role in protecting and securing the Network and these assets; and
  • OCIO’s authority to undertake specific actions, where required, to securely manage and protect the Network and its IT assets, including the right to monitor the Network and its activity, as well as access government IT assets.

This Directive is mandatory for all Government departments and public bodies supported by the OCIO to follow. It is important to note that at this time, it only applies to IT assets owned or issued by Government - it does not apply to personal IT assets approved for government business and/or use on the Network; further communication from OCIO on the use of personal devices on the Network is expected in the near future.

For further information, discuss with your manager or your department’s information management staff. General inquiries can be directed via Email to IM@gov.nl.ca.

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