Security Concerns Raised Over Siri’s Loose Lips
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (CBS Connecticut) – Apple, Inc. introduced Siri – whose name is an acronym for Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface – last October.
Very quickly, Apple users the world over fell in love with the faceless function, which allowed iPhone owners to essentially converse with their smart phones, getting instant answers to questions ranging from the time of day to the meaning of life.
Not everyone is as enamored with Siri as her millions of users, however. At IBM, whose headquarters are in Endicott, N.Y., Siri is banned entirely, due to security concerns.
The trouble started after IBM instituted a policy allowing employees to use their personal devices for work purposes in 2010, according to MIT’s Technology Review.
Rather than saving the company money through diminished distribution of in-house smart phones, the policy has instead caused additional headaches.
“We found a tremendous lack of awareness as to what [applications] constitute a [security] risk,” chief information officer Jeanette Horan told the publication.
The company reportedly worries about where the information spoken to Siri gets stored, and the overall vulnerability of information transmitted and shared in public areas.
Use of file-sharing services such as Apple’s iCloud are also of concern.
As such, IBM has implemented multiple guidelines that detail which applications and services employees should avoid.
“We’re just extraordinarily conservative,” Horan said of the precautions to the Technology Review. “It’s the nature of our business.”
IBM reportedly gives out BlackBerry devices to a tenth of its employees. Still, an estimated 80,000 workers use other devices for work.
The spike in the usage of outside hardware caused the company to administer a survey to find out which smart phones and tablets were used by employees, and whether or not they used applications that could pose as security risks.