Consumer tech: the flip side...

The Blackberry Enterprise Server was a gold standard, but has become a backdoor for government access, warned Michael Everall, Ciso Lehmans Holdings, in a keynote session at Infosecurity Europe earlier today.

A panel of chief information security officers discussed the merits of allowing consumer smartphones into the enterprise.

“People must take personal liability if they lose the data,” he added. The key question to ask all those people who complain to IS that they can’t use their iPhone in the office is: “Would you be happy to have your phone seized as part of eDiscovery.”

This is one of the risks of bringing your your kit into the office. The other is that your home contents insurance is unlikely to cover you in the office, plus corporates generally don’t cover staff’s personal belongings.

Now here is another issue: If I use my personal equipment, in my own time to produce a piece of work, using my own research and my own social network contacts – who owns the IP?  As staff bring in their own computers or smartphones and blur the line between their work contacts and friends – how much corporate IP can the company actually say it owns. I suspect, very little..