Forwarding Work Email to Personal Gmail Could Be Dangerous

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Employees could be putting their business\’ security at risk whenever they forward an email from a company account over to their personal Gmail accounts, according to a SearchConsumerization report.

\"email\"As TechnologyGuide\’s sister site notes, the \”bring your own device\” (or, BYOD) ways of the present-day enterprise are increasingly blurring the lines between the personal and the company. The fact that consumer hardware and software are often more convenient to use than business tech further complicates matters, and since more personal services like Gmail offer consumer-friendly services like nigh-unlimited cloud storage and big attachment limits, it\’s easy to understand why an employee may mix and match with his email accounts.

But according to the report, such an attitude could have a straining effect on business email security. The cloud is the root of the problem here – there can never be any guarantee of complete safety with it, so potentially sensitive business emails that leave their initially safe company environment are at a higher risk of being compromised should worse come to worst.

So how do companies deal with this? The report says that, while preventing forwarding to personal accounts altogether would be the most efficient solution, it\’s not entirely realistic for some organizations to \”limit accessibility\” with such heavy-handed action.

Instead of doing that — and besides simply setting up particular rules for outgoing packets — the report says that the solution is one of human cooperation. IT departments need to be able to depend on their fellow employees, the report declares, and implement \”a fair policy\” on the matter that all sides can agree on; otherwise, they\’re all going to suffer when their company\’s security tanks. It would appear, then, that technology alone can\’t solve all technological dilemmas.



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