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Should enterprises give in to IT consumerization at the expense of security?
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of September 2010
Point: Marcus Ranum Some companies are apparently adopting a policy of allowing employees to do their computing work on personal devices -- a trend that, I suspect, is a result of mainstream IT departments not being quite sure how to accommodate their growing user-base of Apple Computer addicts. Our industry appears to be of two minds about this topic: on one hand, we're worried about data leakage; and on the other, we take steps to make said leakage as easy as possible. I was on a conference call last week, in which a senior technical executive asked me if I had any suggestions for what kind of data leakage system could be put between their Exchange server and their BlackBerry users to detect and block attempts to export sensitive data. As our conversation continued, he said, "Of course, these are corporate-issued BlackBerries. So at least we can do remote-wipe in case of loss." I was struck dumb for a second, trying to sort through the inherent contradiction in simultaneously giving employees a tool for exporting data from the...
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Features in this issue
For the fifth consecutive year, Information Security readers voted to determine the best security products. Nearly 1,500 voters participated this year, rating products in 14 different categories.
The collaborative nature of Web 2.0 introduces myriad threats to data that must be proactively countered.
What you can expect from this fall's update to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.
Tools help protect privacy but safeguarding personal data in the age of Google and Facebook is getting harder.
Columns in this issue
Embedding security in hardware isn't new, but is it worth an $8 billion investment? Time will tell on the Intel-McAfee acquisition.
Targeted attacks on corporations and their crown jewels have become routine. Companies need to be prepared.
Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum debate the risks associated with employees using personal computing devices.