Tuesday, May 20, 2008

No Sith, Sherlock

U.S. corporations massively read employee e-mail:

41% of the largest companies surveyed (those with 20,000 or more employees) reported that they employ staff to read or otherwise analyze the contents of outbound e-mail.

Yeah, yeah... this has been going on for years. Heck, when I wrote Heidi Book 1, five years ago, this was old hat.

It's funny tho, people still seemed shocked by this. Not security people, of course. Usually it's the business folk and sales-critters. Y'know, the ones with the iPhones and bluetooth headsets... just basically screaming "Please snoop away!"

These are also the same people who don't care so much about protecting corporate secrets and claim not care much about their own. Of course, they would squeal a different tune if I were to do a Powerpoint preso on the personal ickiness I've seen fly across the corporate firewalls. Talk about Hawt mail.

So yeah, the trick is to show these people the link between protecting their sticky lurid personal data traces and PII. Some of the stuff I've seen is far more damaging to some people's careers than mere identity theft.

UPDATE: Great Minds Think Alike or a different spin on the same topic.

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