Wednesday, February 23, 2005

On Regina Lynn's "Office Sweeties Have No Secrets"

Looking for something interesting to read, I decided to tune into Wired News, an article called "Office sweeties have no secrets" by -the infamous, yet notoriously funny (in the past at least)- Regina Lynn grabbed my attention. Having read her past 4 or 5 postings, I was keen on reading something amusing and radical. Needless to say I was frustrated. Ms. Lynn seems to have neglected the fact that office email should be used strictly for business, and that most corporations forbid their employees from using their emails for personal communication. The further I went into the article, the more I got disappointed. She's under the impression that IT Departments are free to snoop on what people are doing, which isn't the case. It's true that we do monitor network traffic, but that's only a preventive measure to:
  1. Ensure that network usage is optimum with no loss of packets
  2. Ensure that there are no worms/viruses lurking on the network
  3. Make decisions on whether we should upgrade a certain segment.

With the boom of eBusiness and Service-Oriented Applications, IT Departments are at the core of the business' everyday processes and have absolutely no time or interest to read other employee's emails or IMs.

You cannot take one case and stereotype it! It's offensive and repulsive. I hope this is taken into consideration the on her next column.

Regards,

Yazan Mj Malakha

2 comments:

Regina Lynn said...

Of course IT has no time or interest to read -- but they have the tools to do it, and sometimes the need to do it, as part of their
jobs.

:)

Yazan Malakha said...

It's still too much of an accusation to stomach