IBM Security Tool Allows Employers To Track 'Disgruntled' Workers

IBM layoffs follow earnings surge
IBM layoffs follow earnings surge

It's well known that employers have the ability -- and often use it -- to read their workers' emails. But new technology from the International Business Machines Corp., called IBM Security Intelligence with Big Data, allows your employer to track whatever you say on email, social media or anywhere in the Internet while on a work terminal.

The Armonk, N.Y.-based technology behemoth says the tool will enable chief information officers to quickly detect potential threats by scanning social media posts and emails, according to The Wall Street Journal. "By analyzing email you can say this guy is a disgruntled employee and the chance that he would be leaking data would be greater," said Sandy Bird, IBM's chief technology officer of IBM's security systems division.

Clearly IBM executives are excited about this prospect. Kevin Skapinetz, program director of Product Strategy at IBM Security Systems, explained to eSecurity Planet, the tool will allow employers to "literally squeeze every last drip of information."