Have you ever wondered if your PC or laptop is a “corporate asset”? If the company bought them and loaded up the software, then it’s pretty straight forward; the same would apply to your smartphone or cellphone.
When you use your personal computer for work everything changes.
More and more companies are using their employees’ computers and smartphones to complete corporate work. This works well for corporations, but do they understand the true impact of what they are doing? It changes the nature of the workforce and IT security.
How does this change the workforce? Think of it this way, your company’s IT department really can’t control the PC or laptop purchasing process, stop “unapproved” applications from being installed or software theft (in the event an employee leaves or is dismissed). The “standards” are next to impossible to enforce because after all it’s not company property. “Unapproved” applications have been known to create security issues with company information.
How does it change IT Security? Software theft, viruses and a lack of education issues can all cause company information to get lost. They haven’t even dealt with employees leaving the company. For example, you can’t stop an “unapproved” application from being used because its not company property. Also, you can’t take back an employee’s personal property to search for company data after they have left. It’s hard enough to do that when the company owns the property.
At the end of the day, corporations have to understand that using an employee’s PC or laptop as a cost savings method may end up costing them more than they think. Rules for the use of personal property should be well defined and clear.
Remember, that the only dumb question is the one never asked. If you have any questions or comments, I look forward to them, please email or call me.
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This article is for information purposes only. It is recommended that individuals consult with an IT professional before acting on any information contained in this article. The opinions stated are those of Allan Waddington and not a reflection of any company he currently works with or has in the past.