“In 2010, scaredy-cat IT and security folks wrung their hands over users bringing in their own smartphones and tablets,” Galen Gruman reports for InfoWorld. “In early 2011, they wrung their hands over how to control the applications on those devices. Now they’re wringing their hands over data leakage from those devices, prompting security vendors to offer mobile DLP (data loss prevention) tools,” Gruman reports. “Zenprise is the first, but you can bet more will follow. (Have you heard of any iPad- or iPhone-related data breaches? I didn’t think so.)”
Gruman writes, “I have to give these folks credit: They’re persistent in finding ways to say no to modern technology and the realities of today’s ‘consumerized IT,’ or at least to look for new ways to bind it up in hopes maybe it’ll strangle to death. (Good luck with that.) Of course, it’s the iPad that seems to stoke these folks’ fears the most — ironically, because it can connect to business systems and actually work with much business data, so people want and use it.”
Gruman writes, “I see another agenda behind much of these claims over security concerns. I notice, for example, that companies citing fears over sensitive data emailed to an iPad or of users having unapproved apps on an Android tablet don’t have the same concern over data emailed to computers or over the fact that they happily let employees work after hours from home computers full of personal apps. There’s a double standard that reeks of a hidden agenda to block the shift to employee-driven technology or to assert new levels of self-justified control in a perverse land grab for relevance or job security.”
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MacDailyNews Take: In our experience, the number one prerequisite for holding a job as an IT doofus is the ability to execute “perverse land grabs for relevance or job security.” That’s why they wedded their hapless companies to less-productive, less-reliable Windows PCs over Macintosh in the first place. That they continue to try to block out Apple’s iPad is hardly surprising. The good news is that they are being replaced by new blood as you read this, so IT-retarded/Microsoft-handicapped businesses are exiting, or about to exit, the dark ages and get a lot more productive!