Thursday, February 21, 2008

Watch your email, whistleblowers

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Originally uploaded by treeee.
From Ed Gottsman at ZD Net: To catch a thief (or a whistle-blower).
New Scientist wrote recently about software from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) that scans organizations’ e-mails to detect potential thieves…and whistle-blowers. Applied to e-mail going outside the organization, it flags mentions of “sensitive” topics. . . .

If you think such a system can’t really work (which is what I thought as I read the article), I must regretfully inform you that you are utterly, staggeringly wrong. The developers tried it on 250,000 e-mails from Enron and it flagged only three employees–one of whom was Sherron Watkins,the whistle-blower who helped bring the company’s accounting practices to light. Whether the other two employees were among the Enron execs ultimately convicted–and how many of those went undetected by the system–the article doesn’t say. Sure would be humorous if AFIT’s system was pretty much exclusively a whistle-blower detector and tended to miss thieves. Bet it would still sell pretty briskly.
Read Mr. Gottsman's suggestions on how to still blow the whistle but not get caught by your spying boss.

Guess it's time for me to start learning how to use the print screen function. ;-)

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