IT managers fear influx of Xmas gadgets on network


IT managers fear influx of Xmas gadgets on network

Antony Savvas

IT managers are getting twitchy about the Xmas gadgets expected to be brought into work by employees.

Such devices can potentially spread viruses, crash networks and cause data breaches.

Network security firm SafeBoot questioned 1,000 IT managers about their attitudes to personal gadgets, such as MP3 players, digital cameras and PDAs, and 46% are dreading the New Year as these digital devices look set to cause IT havoc.

Although 56% of respondents ban all non-authorised external devices from the network, including USB sticks, most IT managers said the ban was often ignored by employees.

SafeBoot offered the following tips to help protect the corporate network from gadgets:

• Set out clear guidelines to staff on the use of mobile devices, and ensure these are communicated effectively

• Use access control and encryption on all external and mobile devices to prevent lost hardware turning into lost data

• Leaving security to employees is not sensible - they are not security experts. Implement transparent security measures to mitigate the "human factor"

• Ensure that device control software is deployed.

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