BYOD oops: IBM bans Apple Siri

IBM has a Bring Your Own Device policy, but says no to Siri because all questions and answers are stored offsite.

Corporate rules regarding disclosure can be tricky, and controlling company information is critical. Since Apple says in their license agreement that all Siri data goes to Apple, no one should be surprised it's stored somewhere. In this case it's a data center in North Carolina.

That's too risky for IBM CIO Jeanette Horan, and IBM also prohibits public file-transfer services like iCloud and DropBox. About 80,000 IBM employees play the BYOD game, making life tough for the IT department. Horan admits many employees are "blissfully unaware" of the security risks of some popular smartphone apps. Too bad they can't ask Siri for help.

Hard security

There is no data security unless you control (or trust the controller) of the hardware.

sweerek on

its nice to know that when I asked Siri what the best way to get away with bombing a plane was, it was on my now ex-girlfriends iPhone.

mcv_poster on

I admit, I side with IBM on this. An open mic being recorded and stored for who knows what future use, and you have no control over what Apple (or their "partners") does with it?

Peter Simpson on


Obviously there is a need for apps that IBM refuses to provide. If only they were in the software business, maybe there could be a market there.

R Sweeney on

If kinects voice recognition did the same and sent all your bing requests to microsoft then I guess its a similar situation.

GAMEMAnager on

SpeakToIt Assistant works better anyway.

philnolan3d on

Bad news

I have heard too many horror stories of employers bricking BYOD devices upon severing an employee. Also, how can you be sure that your employer is not monitoring your personal content.

jhertzbefg on

Siri and Watson have a 'thing' going, IBM have policies about work-place relationships which is why this block has been put in place.

Kendal Cole on

But it does not matter - pretty soon SIRI will be able to read your mind.

DeeDubuDee on

Horan believes the BYOD program, often touted as a way for companies to cut expenses, isn't saving IBM money because of all the extra management and security headaches.

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