Hey Tech Media! It is time for you to be our voice and push back
Your article is nothing new to us who are trying to keep the business data infrastructures safe and profitable. The problem is public education of the users. We are already very clear regarding options, strategies, threats etc, however, our stakeholder partners are not. They do not realize the risks they are taking with the corporate resources because they simply do not know what the implications are. To them, technology is now a form of magic, and they are happy that way. Unfortunately, the glossy brochures hide the downsides of most technological implementations and another salesperson would never lie to you right? And these salespeople obviously know that wonder magic technology 'X' is safe and secure for the crown jewels of your departments IP right? Ahem... You, as the author of articles like this, are reinforcing that very dangerous opinion. The risks are loss of client lists, data breaches in finacials, competitive "acqusition" (ok basic theft) of strategic product designs... the list goes on and on. The truth is the vendors are rushing products to market, that in reality, barely qualify as a solid beta release. Devices are coming on the market with security holes you can drive a truck through. Consider what just happened to Target, the breach seems to be sourced by the access an HVAC contractor had! Data loss due to access available at the thermostats? (Yes hyperbolic, but it's to make a point) So ya don't need IT? How do you set your thermostat, using a smartphone maybe? Oh Yeah! BYOD baby, make it easy for the black hats out there.
And quit saying BYOD like it's something new! This is a rehash of lessons learned from the 80's. Drop that fricken buzzword before someone puts their eye out with it. You forget that the IT policies were built on the foundation of BYOD from the very first cycle with desktops! Can you say lessons learned the expensive way? No value there hmm? How about writing an article from that perspective? Or is Information Week now just a hype channel versus a tech resource?
We hear our stakeholders everyday, and people like you are making it harder to prevent the epic fails like Target had. The Epic Fails are Preventable. Crackers and hackers are not gods, they just take advantage of the glaring holes we leave them to walk through. The policies and strategies to combat these threats are in the domain of IT. Not Sales, not Marketing, not Accounting, not Engineering, nor Adminstration because these departments are basically walking unarmed targets on that battlefield. IT is not what they "DO," nor should they if they are doing their job functions.
But hey, its your cloud data being backed up in Utah by the NSA thanks to PRISM. All of your data.. Yes Janet, even those pictures of the christmas party. (Wow let's spin that an Obama government service initiative to protect the business data with real-time backups.. Of course you can't restore from it but hey it is all there.) And you do know this means there is a huge backdoor in ALL of the cloud and major hosting providers. Do you think the black hats haven't picked that lock yet (or are working on picking it as we speak?)
You did read the EULA and Privacy agreement for dropbox right? All of it? Read it again. Same with facebook. No, actually read them this time. A little education really does go a long way. So "why don't we just" let IT do it's job of saving your business from making the mistakes that have already been made before. Why pay for the lesson twice. Or does the corporate bottom line paying your salary really mean that little to you? This is only the stuff that keeps you employed and give you money right?