Digital Natives Versus the WikiLeaks Threat

Michael Vizard

When it comes down to managing the flow of information across their organizations, many IT leaders are torn between two issues. On one hand, there is a new generation of "digital natives" that want access to everything as transparently as possible. As a result, there is a lot of interest in a whole host of social networking and Web 2.0 technologies in the enterprise.

At the same time, however, IT organizations are just as concerned about data breaches stemming from insider security threats, especially every time they see something from WikiLeaks making headlines.

As a result, many IT organizations have been looking to put in place more secure delivery systems for documents. For example, this week there was a new upgrade to the WatchDox service that added support for mobile computing devices such as the Apple iPad along with the ability to support thousands of users that can opt to store their documents in any geography they want.


According to Adi Ruppin, WatchDox vice president of marketing and business development, many users have a false sense of security when it comes to IT, so they don't really consider all the ways in which critical information can suddenly become visible to almost anybody on the Internet. In the case of WatchDox, Ruppin says users can not only limit who has access to the documents, but also keep track of who actually viewed it.

Of course, some would argue that services such as WatchDox are only needed because many IT organizations never properly addressed information management in the first place. But no matter the cause, the fact remains that securing documents is becoming a much higher priority for IT organizations of all sizes. There may be multiple ways to go about doing that, but whatever path is chosen, you can be sure that we're only a few more data breaches away from a full-blown IT crisis.

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