Why IT security pros can be scarier than the 'bad guys' | PCWorld. In case you were under the naive delusion that statutes and regulations are not going to be necessary to protect the privacy of your information, you need to read this article about the companies and IT professionals whose job it is to invade every portion of your life to collect data about it. They don't want to steal your identity. They don't want to steal your money. They want you to give them your money the old fashioned way; by buying their products and services. Once they have your data, of course, the cows are out of the barn and down in the lower 40 munching on your crops. It may already be too late for most of us. Big corporations could care less about your online privacy; they just want to avoid fines and sanctions for violating some law or rule. The IT professionals are under tremendous pressure from their companies to collect data, and they simultaneously must protect their companies from the bad guys. Not exactly a profession designed to calm the mind. Learn about the statutes designed to protect your information. Learn how to protect yourself online, to the extent that you can. You have a responsibility also. As lawyers, you have dual responsibility to yourself and your clients. They are entitled to be sure that you are protecting their confidences. Are you?