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Workplace Data Privacy Vs. Security: The New Balance
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dmelnick
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dmelnick,
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4/23/2014 | 4:39:01 PM
Re: Sensitivity make this difficult
Anthony, thanks for joining the conversation. Better still if you did it from work. I really liked how you highlighted the tip-toe problem. I see this at the Board and C-Suite level where on the one hand the leadership want the environment protected from Internet risk (whether IP loss, Cyber Theft/Fraud, Data Breach, etc), but on the and on the other hand they are not prepared to enforce a policy that shuts down Internet access (with a few exceptions, e.g. Bank tellers, certain government facilities).

This tip-toe problem, or the contradiction of executives turning a blind eye to personal web-use while simultaneously expecting IT/Security to lock down Internet use (Over 70% of companies restrict personal Internet use in their acceptable use policies) PLACES IT/CIOs/CISOs in a very difficult position. It also leads to selective enforcement, employee morale issues, and ultimately malware/security events (since we still allow the risky user behaviour).
Anthony Schimizzi
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Anthony Schimizzi,
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4/23/2014 | 11:25:52 AM
Sensitivity make this difficult
This is always an area where people tend to tip-toe around due to its sensitivity and diverse differences between different corporations and culture.  While security should be the main focus, studies have shown that productivity, efficiency, and employee morale is higher in corporations that allow for a more "free-use" Internet Access Policy instead of a corporate "lockdown" policy.  With the "free-use" policy, the security engineers and management need to define what is acceptable.  I have read places that allow facebook surfing at work, but have locked down writing posts, status updates, playing games, etc.  I am an advocate for the employee to be able to use personal email (with the right security controls) and for the occasionally browsing to the Internet while keeping in mind, you have no privacy in a corporate setting.  How else do you think I can get to darkreading during work hours :)
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