New Technology – The Threat to Our Corporate Information

5 thoughts on “New Technology – The Threat to Our Corporate Information”

  1. Fun presentation 🙂

    Of course, there is a big difference between a person slipping some important information over the phone with a friend, and a person slipping some inportant information in a Twitter comment read by 2,000+ people (and that is easily searchable, not deletable etc).

    Most people don’t leak important information *on purpose*, but by accident. And the “accident” can be much more severe if done through Twitter or Facebook than the phone.I don’t think that businesses don’t trust their employees, but they know that *people make mistakes*, and social media makes it much easier to make mistakes (and makes the mistakes much bigger by reaching many more people).

    Thanks for the interesting post.

  2. Certainly Atle’s point is valid, but I do see far too often that security people and other officers understandably concerned with these topics become rather myopic even when the social interaction proposed via new technology is ONLY with a limited group of people, the same people one is working with via email and phone. For example, I have seen closed workgroup technology criticized as a potential “data leak” source when the members of this closed community already trade emails and talk on the phone, and when the closed workgroup technology is a project tool that doesn’t require (and should NOT be used for) sensitive content. Sure, it’s VERY good that security people warn us of this, absolutely! Without that warning, we do risk being too casual. But that warning suddenly and too often becomes a “do not use” mandate, which is rather absurd. If 10 officers of the company entrusted to work with an external agency or some-such can’t be trusted to take an easy-to-follow direction for a new technology in a closed workgroup (“use this tool for xyz, do not use it for abc”) when they are already entrusted to work in that workgroup, well, then something is much more deeply wrong than the technology.

    My beef here is larger and general, too. Far too often all of us folks entrusted to safeguard the enterprise in some manner say “DO NOT” when instead we should engage in more of a dialogue, understand the business purpose, and define BOUNDARIES that are mutually useful to the business goals and the conduct of the work. Sure, simple mandates are useful and necessary in many situation, and sometimes even a valuable idea has to be nixed for its too-great risks, but too often we are sticking our head in the sand, perpetuating our siloed and anti-collaborative styles.

  3. Oh, my, it’s hard to see down there from this high horse… 🙂

    Sorry if I came across that way…

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