Working from home is increasingly common – but few firms address the risks to corporate data, according to new research from storage company Iron Mountain.

Iron Mountain claims that up to two-thirds of employees work from home in Europe at least part of the time – but a mere 18% of firms offer guidance on how to protect information outside the office, or even of what electronic data should not leave the office, according to a survey of 2,000 workers.

Just 17% of films have a formal policy regarding working from home – and more than two thirds (67%) failed to provide secure access to company intranets, according to CBR Online’s report. One in four provide no equipment or training for home workers.

Dealing with sensitive data from home on unsecured machines carries many of the same risks as employees “bringing their own devices” to the workplace – known as BYOD. A recent report found that one in four employees used no security measures whatsoever on “BYOD” devices

via Companies that allow home working “ignore security risks”, report claims – We Live Security.

It’s not that Microsoft doesn’t care. They put tremendous resources into updating their software. I asked about this latest pattern and Dustin Childs, Group Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, replied: “The quality of security updates is critical to our customers, and it is a high priority for us too. We are actively looking at where improvements can be made with the goal of reducing implantation issues, and we will remain transparent with our customers about security threats, protections and update issue resolution.” Below this article is an embedded video about Microsoft’s security updating process featuring Childs.

via Why all the errors in Microsoft updates lately? | ZDNet.

General Motors Co.’s new data center in Warren has received a unique environmental award for a facility of its kind.

The Detroit-based automaker Friday announced its Enterprise Data Center on its Warren Technical Center campus earned Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, program.

Fewer than 5 percent of data centers in the U.S. achieve LEED certification, according to the building council. GM’s data hub on its Technical Center campus in the Detroit suburb is the company’s fifth LEED-certified facility and second brownfield project.

via GM’s Warren Enterprise Data Center achieves Gold certification from US Green Building Council |

Good on you, GM. It’s a nice benefit of their in-sourcing moves.

87 percent of IT professionals currently leveraging private cloud solutions indicate that their companies host clouds on-premises rather than with third-party providers, according to Metacloud. Reduced cost (38 percent) topped security (34 percent) as the reason respondents gave for deploying a private cloud.

via Most companies choose on-premise private cloud deployments.

The buzz marketing of public cloud continues at a brisk pace, at least in my anecdotal experience. I find the cost driver the surprise in this report, especially that ranked higher than security. What I’m not surprised about is that people are starting to realizing that there are hidden costs behind the public cloud. I didn’t know that realization had progressed so far, at least according to this one report.

Your mileage may vary.

More interesting is the prediction that phone thieves will lift their victims’ fingerprints and use them to bypass the readers. As German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble discovered, you leak your fingerprints all the time, and once your fingerprint has been compromised, you can’t change it. (Schauble was pushing for biometric identity cards; playful Chaos Computer Club hackers lifted his fingerprints off a water-glass after a debate and published 10,000 copies of them on acetate as a magazine insert).

via Why fingerprints make lousy authentication tokens – Boing Boing.