Will Obama Ditch His BlackBerry?
We've heard quite a bit about President-Elect Barack Obama's lovefest with his BlackBerry, but he's acknowledging the risk it poses for a sitting president.
"I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry," he said Wednesday. "They're going to pry it out of my hands."
I feel for him. Really, I do. But the various risks posed by mobility might be too much for government IT managers to handle. (After all, the availability of White House e-mails caused quite a storm during the Bush 43 years.)
The government has always been on the forefront of super-cool encryption advances, so who knows, maybe the techies will come up with some way for him to hang on to his prized possession. But something tells me it's too much of a vulnerability.
Mobility issues are among the many challenges Obama's yet-to-be-named national CTO will have to tackle. One of the first thing that person might have to do on his way in, though, is to tell Obama to hand over the device.
And as the threat of data loss continues to loom large with corporate IT security pros, I wonder if Obama ditching his BlackBerry will lead them to worry more about their business execs toting around smartphones.
What do you think? Are BlackBerries, iPhones and other devices a threat to the enterprise? What is your organization doing to protect yourself?
For more on Obama's technology prowess, check out Ed Cone's package on IT in the political ground game.