The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.
More than four out of five IT professionals polled never link personal gadgets to the network, despite the growing availability of mobile consumer electronics and storage media.
Although there are security risks, this number is expected to rise, with the emergence of a new generation of staff for whom using such technology is an ingrained part of their everyday life.
Peter Thompsett was one IT manager who said he did link personal equipment to the corporate network. "This includes my phone and Blackberry. But this is only because I am senior and need that level of access," he said.
Thompsett said he would not "under any circumstances let other employees at any level do this, since there is too much risk involved".
Colin Evermore of Lan Technics said that, as a director, he connected his Blackberry to the network. "I need regular contact with the office, but this is strictly under the watchful eye of our IT department. I would not expect anybody else to need this facility or to connect mobile devices to the network."
Most IT professionals answered a resolute "no" to the question of connecting gadgets to the network.
"I have no need to connect any personal gadgets to my work computer. I cannot imagine wanting that level of connection between my work and home life, and my company wouldn't want it either, for security reasons," said one.
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