IT Not Trusted With Employees' Personal Data

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 08-07-2013
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CIOs might be deathly afraid of important corporate information getting into the wrong hands, but a new BYOD study from Aruba Networks indicates that CIOs should be concerned about their employees, many of who are concerned about the loss of their personal data but not the loss of company information. "The research from both sides of the Atlantic shows that employees and IT departments are gambling with data security, but chance isn't the only factor," says Aruba Networks Chief Marketing Officer Ben Gibson. "In short, employees resent the power their employers now wield over their personal data, but are equally unconcerned about keeping company data safe." So, where is that fear coming from? According to Aruba Networks, which surveyed more than 3,500 people around the world, it all comes back to BYOD and the fear among employees that whenever they connect to the corporate network, it's not malware creators that are spying on them, but their own IT department.

A Lack of Basic Security  To make matters worse, 49% of employees say they don't password-protect their mobile devices despite their accessing corporate information with those products.

IT Not Trusted With Employees' Personal Data
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 

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