HP Sees Collapsing Distance Between Personal And Professional (FASTech)

We’re here at the VentureWire FASTech conference in beautiful Redwood City, Calif., where technology executives and investors foregoing the San Francisco Giants World Series parade a few miles to the north are gathering to discuss the latest tech trends and developments.

A morning slate of panels centered on “The Ever-Changing Tech Sector,” and one of the participants illustrated a huge technology trend with a hum-drum example – lost cell phones.

“In the average month, 10,000 cell phones are left in taxicabs in Chicago,” said Phil McKinney, vice president and CTO, personal systems group, Hewlett-Packard. “[People] aren’t using four-digit passwords either.”

The reason it’s more than just an inconvenience is that the space between the personal and the work-related is quickly collapsing when it comes to device use.

McKinney says employees – particularly younger ones – no longer differentiate between personal use and work use for their mobile phones and other devices. But that brings with it a set of challenges in the area of data security, as employees increasingly want their work information on their personal cell phones.

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