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NextSentry wants workplace ban on iPod

NextSentry, a desktop security firm, is recommending that businesses prohibit the use of iPods and other pocketable storage devices due to what it calls “Pocket Fraud.” It believes that unscrupulous employees are using their access to customer data and intellectual property in concert with the portability of pocketable storage devices to steal the valuable data from their employers.

“Many employees enjoy listening to their iPods at work, but companies can’t afford this luxury at the expense of leaking valuable customer data or intellectual property into the hands of criminals or competitors,” said Jim Hereford, CEO of NextSentry. “If you don’t have proper policy enforcement capabilities in place to monitor the desktop and all removable media, even the CEO who loves their iPod could be stealing millions of dollars worth of data right underneath the chief security officer’s nose.”

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1

Don’t really see how this is relevant to anyone who doesn’t work there. I can see why they’d do this though

Posted by Joshdude in Long Beach, CA on April 10, 2007 at 2:31 PM (CDT)

2

Wooo, I hope NextSentry’s stock goes right through the roof for announcing this formerly unkown to man security advice.

Posted by Bad Beaver on April 10, 2007 at 2:37 PM (CDT)

3

Next they will announce people should seal any remaining disc-drives and disable all disc-burners.

Posted by Bad Beaver on April 10, 2007 at 2:38 PM (CDT)

4

Millions of dollars worth of data fit on a single floppy

Posted by Bad Beaver on April 10, 2007 at 2:40 PM (CDT)

5

Oh and by the way iLounge, your content filter need some expert looking at it. It is near impossble for non-native speakers of English to find the “bad” spots that have it reject posts.

Posted by Bad Beaver on April 10, 2007 at 2:42 PM (CDT)

6

to be safe, they should just remove all their hard drives from their computers and get rid of any networks and servers…  just to be safe

Posted by bozz on April 10, 2007 at 2:56 PM (CDT)

7

This just in - letting your employees leave the office every day is a golden opportunity for them to sneak out their ill-gotten data, so if they never leave, you can stay secure!

Geekmouth

Posted by Geekmouth on April 10, 2007 at 2:59 PM (CDT)

8

No no, if they wanted to be safe they would have to permanently close down shop, run straight home not talking to strangers, and hide under the sink until mommy comes home.

Posted by Bad Beaver on April 10, 2007 at 3:01 PM (CDT)

9

They’re just using this as a scare tactic to push their forthcoming “pocket fraud’ security protection services. haha

As you can see they Trademarked the term “pocket fraud”

Posted by ducci23 on April 10, 2007 at 3:29 PM (CDT)

10

Right through the roof, mark my words ;)

Posted by Bad Beaver on April 10, 2007 at 3:31 PM (CDT)

11

Funcom was briefly considering removing all the floppy drives from the computers, but due to the unreliable network this would just have hindered production too much. Unless you have searches of personnel entering and leaving secured doors with 24h guards posted at all exits, prohibiting ipods is useless. A simpler option would be to not allow admin logins for employees and not allow them to install drivers for portable media (I’m sure there’s some way to prevent windows from allowing usb harddrives).

Posted by MegaKlopp on April 10, 2007 at 4:22 PM (CDT)

12

What a dumb press release. “If you don’t have the proper policy enforcement capabilities”? Meaning, if you are too stupid to use the built in security features of the installed OS, you should ban removable storage. WIndows can do this. Many employers do use it. Sad but he didn’t mention those demon notebooks and their effect on security.

Posted by rand on April 10, 2007 at 4:53 PM (CDT)

13

Friggin’ paranoia, encouraged to increase profits.

Posted by Dan on April 10, 2007 at 5:04 PM (CDT)

14

Couldn’t companies just ban iPod USB cords? Or do iPods acquire wireless data transmission capabilities overnight?

Posted by Tommy on April 10, 2007 at 5:30 PM (CDT)

15

I wish I could change that “do” to “did.”  :-(

Posted by Tommy on April 10, 2007 at 5:31 PM (CDT)

16

Any idiot with a pen and paper can steal company secrets. Better ban pens and paper then…

Posted by Macromedia on April 11, 2007 at 12:11 AM (CDT)

17

Better ban access to the internet as well.  You let people get to their mega-storage email accounts such as Gmail or web-based storage sites and they could upload all those company secrets. True webfiltering can alleviate this route, but a lot of companies allow workers to surf during lunchtime and tend to drop some of those filters for email sites.

Posted by Nick Burns on April 11, 2007 at 2:25 AM (CDT)

18

Nothing new here, my company locks us down like little children with scissors. We have to fill out several forms to allow access to our USB ports and or websites.

I’m surprised I can even view this website.

Posted by Chewbacca on April 11, 2007 at 10:17 AM (CDT)

19

That’s stupid, I have a notebook at work that I can take anywhere I want, and a VPN access account so that I can access my company’s network anywhere I am so I don’t think that if I am not allowed to bring my iPod into the building would make any difference at all.

Posted by Cask on April 11, 2007 at 11:26 PM (CDT)

20

How stupid do you think people are? Ever heard of notebook computers? Disc writers? Harddisks? Pen and paper? Ban them too?

Posted by Chris on April 11, 2007 at 11:37 PM (CDT)

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