Note to recruiters

Note to recruiters: We are quite aware that recruiters, interviewers, VCs and other professionals generally perform a Google Search before they interview someone, take a pitch from someone, et cetera. Please keep in mind that not everything put on the Internet must align directly to one's future career and/or one's future product portfolio. Sometimes, people do put things on the Internet just because. Just because. It may be out of their personal interests, which may have nothing to do with their professional interests. Or it may be for some other reason. Recruiters seem to have this wrong-headed notion that if somebody is not signalling their interests in a certain area online, then that means that they are not interested in that area at all. It is worth pointing out that economics pretty much underlies the areas of marketing, strategy, operations and finance. And this blog is about economics. With metta, let us. by all means, be reflective about this whole business of business. Also, see our post on "The Multi-faceted Identity Problem".

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Deleted cloud files can be recovered from smartphones

If you think the files you delete from your mobile device and file-sharing service are really gone for good, think again. Researchers from the University of Glasgow have discovered that they could fully recover images, audio files, PDFs, and Word documents deleted from Dropbox, Box, and SugarSync, using both an HTC Android smartphone and an iPhone. 
The revelation, outlined in a report titled "Using Smartphones as a Proxy for Forensic Evidence contained in Cloud Storage," represents an excellent example as to why companies need to approach both BYOD and cloud adoption with care. In and of themselves, neither end-user mobile devices nor mainstream, consumer-focused file-sharing services are equipped with enterprise-level security, yet employees of all stripes are increasingly using both for work as well as pleasure. Together, they can create perfect storm for data insecurity, as these research results demonstrate.