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How Christmas presents can harm your company

Posted by editors itwnet     January 5, 2005     12 views    
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All cool new electronic gadgets your employees received as holiday gifts can endanger your companies data security.

So writes Datamation's Kenneth van Wyk this week. Electronic devices like personal MP3/media players and smart mobile phones, many with cameras built in, or Bluetooth abilities, have memory capacity and data connectivity in common. "Those two ingredients can add up to significant security risks for your business."

The primary risks are theft of company information and insertion of unauthorized, possibly malicious, software. But of course, those electronic devices can also make (working) life easier, and so it's up to every company to decide on how far it should go in enabling employees to use them.

Awareness of the risks is the first step, and there are a few other things you could do to decrease them. For example, you could restrict acces to some resources like USB ports. Or increase monitoring of those resources. Maybe you could select only a few workstations where employees can insert their USB sticks and other gadgets.

Van Wyk's main point is that gadgets are inevitable. "Ignoring them won't make them go away."