The documents, spreadsheets, databases and other files on the personal computers used to conduct business are corporate assets. It cost money to create them and that investment should be protected. Additionally, companies have both competitive and legal obligations to assure that such data is kept private and secure. Many companies and most people are unaware of the obligation and potential threats.
the company to legal action. Data extracted from several sources on mainframe systems is incomplete and not synchronized, causing a collections team to ignore high-risk accounts, resulting in a bad-debt bubble to burst weeks downstream. An employee's resignation places his personal computer into the hands of a supervisor who reassigns the machine without removing files, causing the loss of months of sales leads, proposals, and contract details. A work group shares files over the corporate intranet, where