How IT can keep company data safe without compromising employee privacy

Chris

By Chris

04 January 2012

Five years ago most IT departments spent a lot of time and resources monitoring and restricting employee Internet usage – we like to think it was fear of the unknown.

Looking back, this now seems kind of funny. IT worked hard to allow employees to securely check e-mail or access other company data while at home with their families, but at the same time they installed firewalls that made it difficult to check in with family on Facebook while at work.

Today progressive organizations are realizing the benefit of giving online access to things like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and beyond. There are even studies that show how full web access can actually enhance productivity.

But with this increased access also brings a number of privacy and data ownership issues.

Sure, it used to be that what was on a work computer was the property of the company, and what was on your personal device was yours. But today employees have the right to the protection of their personal data stored on employer-owned computers, and this means that while the IT team continues to monitor and record important company activity, it also must filter out personal information belonging to staff.

Tricky, right?

SurfEasy is a simple solution to this new reality. By plugging in the USB key, staff can keep their personal online activities private: they self-select what information is personal and what is company property and this allows IT to continue protecting important company data without violating the employee’s privacy.

It often seems like technology moves at lightning speed, with everyone from consumers, big businesses and governments racing to keep up. By providing your teams with the latest and greatest tools and technology, you and your company will always be one step ahead.

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