March 28, 2011, 4:02 PM — "Improvisation is too good to leave to chance," said singer Paul Simon. It's a lesson that IT needs to learn and, more important, act on.
We're surrounded. Here in the land of information technology, we're inundated by threats and not just from the bad guys, although there are plenty of those to worry about. Never mind them -- protecting the enterprise from its own workers is a much bigger challenge for IT because of employee desires:
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* Visiting Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and other sites that have both business and personal uses without any IT-imposed restrictions.
* Installing apps, such as iTunes, Picasa, InfoSelect, or the Google desktop, they'll find useful based solely on their own judgment.
* Accessing some amazing cloud-based service that lets them do right now what isn't even scheduled to launch until 2013 in the IT project master schedule.
All of the above either turns IT in Dr. No or puts the corporate crown jewels at too much risk, right?