26 Nov 07 15:23
Having re-read the "Insider IT Hacker" thread, it dawns on me that nobody has ever sat down and actually written the SysAdmin code of ethics.
OK, fine, somebody probably has, but let's keep it fun and short. Like maybe the "SysAdmin's 10 commandments" or something. This should be a fun discussion, and perhaps when we're through, we'll have thought about our jobs, our responsibilities, and perhaps given someone else unfamiliar with what we do a little insight.
I'll start it off, with a couple of things that I think are important.
1) The SysAdmin will take personal responsibility in protecting data from both internal and external threats to integrity or privacy.
2) The SysAdmin will take personal responsibility in the implementation of disaster recovery, including backup functions.
3) While it is understood that the SysAdmin *can* view personal or confidential information, including documents, e-mails, and network traffic, (s)he will hold him/herself to a "higher standard", and only review that information when necessary.
What do you think? I'm sure that my start could be re-worded more eloquently, but it's a place to begin. Let's hear what you have to think about the SysAdmin Written Code of Ethics!
Just my 2¢
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