Civil serf: UK government to call time on employee blogs and social networking?

Has government decided to get tough on bloggers in its midst? The disappearance of Civil Serf, a blog apparently written by a civil servant and claiming to expose the inner workings of a government department, has prompted speculation that the blog’s revelations may have triggered the creation of a new policy for government employees on blogging, use of social networking sites, and other Web 2.0 usage issues, which is due to be released “in the near future”, according to the BBC.

Balancing rights and responsibilities is never easy, so we await the government’s guidelines for civil servants with interest. In the meantime, if you’re wondering how to bridge the gap between requirements for IT security and employees’ expectations of online privileges, check out the following articles and blog entries on

Managing the business risk from employee use of social networking and Web 2.0 technologies

How to prevent social networking from damaging business: Cath Everett (Feature)

Social networking: corporate risks, individual risks: Andrea Simmons, British Computer Society (Feature)

Social networking security is a people issue: Danny Dresner, National Computing Centre (Opinion)

Policies hold key to social networking security threat: Patrick Tarpey, (ISC)2 (Security Feature)

Policies needed to limit social networking risk, says KPMG (News)

Computer Weekly Security Think Tank (Features):

What tools can be used to prevent or mitigate employee wrongdoing? and

Social networking sites: what are the associated risks at a corporate and at an individual level?

Blog Rules: A Business Guide to Managing Policy, Public Relations, and Legal Issues (book excerpt, including PDF to print out and read later)

From Stuart King’s Risk Management blog:

Consumer networks for business use

On the Computer Weekly Social Networking Survey

On Securing home access to the network