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Left to Their Own Devices

Employees have built work styles around transporting data on their own personal media. The question for employers, of course, is whether the benefits outweigh the risks.

Elaine Appleton Grant, CFO Magazine
December 7, 2005

IT must accommodate change

It is interesting that this article prominently mentions Apple devices in the rogue group. For some of us, it seems it was only yesterday when the accountants were purchasing rogue Apple IIs to run spreadsheets without the blessing of corporate IT. IT must continue to find ways to support the innovation that will naturally occur "outside" of the IT organization. Creating an open technology culture is the only way to succeed. Ease of use, and personal preference will continue to challenge the traditional corporate IT culture, and IT leadership must work to accommodate change while providing a framework to minimize exposure/risk to the enterprise

Posted by Dan Abell | December 21, 2005 04:39 pm

Perspective

Your article raises more questions than it answers. What is the value gained by using these storage devices versus the risk (as you lightly touch on)? Speaking of risk, what are the true risks? Type of risks (security, time, profit)? Probability of occurrence for each type? Impact to business for each type? Value for each type? Reacting to this issue before understanding the true impact to businesses will only serve to divert attention away from the bigger known threats.

Posted by Doug Hye | December 15, 2005 10:17 am

Information Assets Control

The information available on a company's computer networks belongs unquestionably to the company. Therefore, it has every right to monitor and control usage and transfer of its information assets.

Posted by Chandrasekar Venkataraman | December 12, 2005 09:18 pm

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