Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Keeping your data safe from the team that you trust to manage your data

Oracle ad It may be hard to tell from this terrible photo, taken by the terrible camera on my terrible Treo, but this is the top half of Oracle's ad on the back cover of this week's Economist. It is, I believe, the first time a leading IT company has tried to market a product intended to protect a customer from its own IT staff. It says a lot about how IT is viewed these days: as the problem.

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3 Comments:

jupiter9 said...

Given the recent incidents of data theft and loss, I don't think I'd want every bit of my sensitive information to be read by staffers.

Do you want the people you work with knowing how much you make, what is being garnished from your check, the results of a recent security investigation and so on?

February 21, 2007 5:36 PM  
Brian said...

0Just a tip: If you'd like to see an outsourcing business executive actually "sputter":

Ask if there IT workers are "bonded," you know, insured, the same way a truck driver is bonded by his employer against what might happen to the contents of the truck he's driving.

Good follow-up questions: What type of background checks do you do on job candidates? How often do you do background checks on people after you hire them?

The dirty little secret is that the industry has been more strigent about the qualifications of people who deliver overnight packages than people who are handling billions of dollars worth of data.

February 22, 2007 9:03 AM  
Jonathan said...

Interesting questions.

Since Sarbanes-Oxley, most large companies have added considerable controls to keep a paper trail when data is changed, especially company financials. That doesn't necessarily protect sensitive data from prying eyes.

Perhaps the copywriter had just watched Office Space the night before.

February 22, 2007 10:12 AM  

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