Why I hate IT

Ok. I don't hate IT, but this story Why IT hates the iPhone points to a bigger issue with IT departments and security in general. When they don't want to support something, they fall back to the same old argument..."It's not secure". First of all, security (just like your privacy) is an illusion. Most security systems rely on password protection and as you can see from the list of 10 most common passwords, there's not much protection:

  1. password
  2. 123456
  3. qwerty
  4. abc123
  5. letmein
  6. monkey
  7. myspace 1
  8. password 1
  9. blink182
  10. (your first name)

Second, could the reason that people are flocking to the iPhone simply be that it doesn't have complicated security in place, forcing users to authenticate themselves at every step (think Window's Vista)?

Many IT groups have banned the iPhone from their workplaces, complaining that there is no way to force employees to protect their iPhones with passwords and that they can't erase sensitive corporate data from remote locations if the device is stolen or lost.

The problem here is not the iPhone, but the current state of security. Security systems are built with little regard for the people that actually have to pass through them. They are built to stop, or at least slow down, the bad guys. As a result, the value of the thing being protected is lost in the process. Just think of how air travel has been destroyed Homeland security.

Instead of blaming the user, maybe IT could start addressing security with the legitimate user in mind and not the shady guy with the black hat and mustache who just figured out the admin's password was "Studley123".