Your IT department is only trying to save you from yourself. They know that in any organization, security is only as good as it's weakest link. It turns out you are the biggest single threat to your organization's intellectual assets. You're not doing anything purposefully malicious. You're just trying to get work done.
It's an ever shifting landscape as the story continues to evolve, but back in early June The Guardian introduced the world to PRISM. Developed by the NSA, this secret government program has been collecting and monitoring online activity since 2007. This includes audio, video, photos, emails, documents, file transfers, search queries, social networking details - your entire online life.