Latest Threat To Your Corporate Network: Smoking Bans?
from the um...-what? dept
It's amazing what kinds of things people will try to warn you about these days when it comes to computer systems. Following the warning about bird flu potentially taking down the internet now we apparently need to be aware that smoking bans may put company networks at risk. Apparently, over in the UK, they're about to put in place a ban on smoking in workplaces (similar to bans that have been found in the US for many years). So, what's the problem? Turns out those darn smokers leave the back door to their offices open so they can go in and out -- and a crafty criminal can just walk right into the building and plug into the network. Of course, there are a few problems with this. First off, walking directly into an office is pretty risky. While some people can get away with it, it hardly seems like a common practice that your ordinary cybercriminal is going to try. Second, it seems ridiculous to blame the smoking ban for this rather than the people who leave the door open. It's not the fault of the ban, but the workers who can't learn to shut the door properly. Apparently, that doesn't make for such a good headline, though.