IBM has informed it’s 80,000 employees that they need to stop using Siri, Dropbox and lest of other applications that the company has outlawed.
IBM gives all it’s employees BlackBerrys but it also enjoys a BYOD (bring your own device) atmosphere. But it seems to be causing a lot of trouble as IBM many apps, the list includes DropBox and Siri.
In addition to banning risky apps, Horan’s department makes sure employees’ personal devices are configured before they’re allowed to connect to company networks. Her staff makes sure that memory can be wiped if a device is lost, and they disable public file-transfer programs. Siri is deactivated as well because the company is concerned that queries could be saved somewhere.
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The process is labor intensive as it varies depending on the type of device an employee uses and the employee’s position. For those employees allowed to access internal files and applications, the devices are equipped with encryption programs and other software.
Wow, the BYOD started at IBM only in 2010 and have already started to backtrack.
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