Global Now / Week 4

IBM Bans Siri at the Workplace, Says it’s a Security Risk

Jessica Yuen

Section: Julianna Cope


Global Now: Abstract


Headline:  IBM Bans Siri at the Workplace, Says it’s a Security Risk

Date:  9/20/2012

Source:  Techspot


Before an employee’s own device can be used to access IBM networks, the IT department configures it so that its memory can be erased remotely if it is lost or stolen. The IT crew also disables public file-transfer programs like Apple’s iCloud; instead, employees use an IBM-hosted version called MyMobileHub. IBM even turns off Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant, on employees’ iPhones. The company worries that the spoken queries might be stored somewhere.

“We’re just extraordinarily conservative,” Horan says. “It’s the nature of our business.”

While IBM may not trust Siri, I probably won’t be staying up late fretting over whether or not my iPhone is building up a dossier of my silly questions. But then again, I don’t have billion dollar business deals and corporate secrets to worry about.


Global Issue: security

Primary Design Lens:  Design and Technology

Secondary Design Lens:  smart phones


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