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Jan 8 2009   9:48PM GMT

Chief Executive or Commander in Chief, they both love their toys

Michael Morisy Michael Morisy Profile: Michael Morisy

CNN is reporting that President Elect Barack Obama is having a tough time parting with his BlackBerry, despite apparently strict White House IT policies against his using the device:

Those who follow Obama on a regular basis know the president-elect is constantly on the addictive e-mail device. But the Secret Service, as well as Obama lawyers, are concerned it could easily be hacked and are demanding the new president hand over the BlackBerry before he moves into the White House.

But in an interview with CNBC Wednesday, Obama made clear he’s not giving it up without a fight.

“They’re going to pry it out of my hands,” the president-elect said.

While the risks to national security that a hacked Obama BlackBerry could pose are substantially greater, every enterprise needs to be wary about the leeway they give their executives. Sure, the CEO wants to sync his iPhone with his corporate computer, but how valuable are the contacts that will automatically sync with it, and how do you remotely protect that data when the device goes missing?

Our own security expert Brian Posey offers some tips on dealing with USB security holes, while this piece from a year ago details some major threats coming from holiday presents.

Obama might not be happy about it, but it looks like he’ll lose his BlackBerry. With that example, maybe your gadget hound VP can stand to part with his iPod — at least on company time.

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