Treatment of WikiLeaker Manning doesn't bode well for corporate IT

Paranoia could turn IT from an enabler to a witch hunter

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The emotions behind the wish to punish someone won't be.

My concern in cases like that are that "the perpetrator," evidence against whom may be thin, will be unduly punished, opening the company to more lawsuits, and that IT will be used as the instrument of that prosecution. That role would quickly become damaging its reputation, the self-image of the techies forced to do the witch hunting, and IT policies that turn IT into as much an Internal Affairs investigatory division as one dedicated to making the company as a whole run well, not just with more paranoia.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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