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Book details of 'IT Ethics Handbook: Right and Wrong for IT Professionals'

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TitleIT Ethics Handbook: Right and Wrong for IT Professionals
Author(s)Stephen Northcutt, Cynthia Madden
ISBN1931836140
LanguageEnglish
PublishedJune 2004
PublisherSyngress
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
This isn't a very good book about ethics, but it is a useful book. It's just got the wrong title. The introduction doesn't provide any proper background to the study of ethics. The brief review of related terms doesn't give much in the way of help: ethics are defined as personal principles, and differentiated from morals only in that the latter are assumed to be accepted from some outside source. (This distinction makes ethics appear to be the base, uneducated, conscience.) Most of the anecdotes listed deal with cultural, rather than ethical, issues. The work contains hundreds of questions or scenarios. These are divided into twenty topical chapters, although the categorization isn't particularly solid. Chapter one, "System Administration and Operations," starts off with a series of items more directly related to development, even though there is a "Programmers and Systems Analysts" chapter later on. Each item is presented with a "conservative" view, a "liberal" perspective, and a summary. (There are also "soapboxes" and anecdotes, bringing personal views and real experiences to the discussion. I'd forgotten that I'd actually submitted one, until I came across it on page 500.) Interesting points are raised, but these are seldom based in ethics, tending to deal more with standards of formal policy as opposed to the messy practicalities of life. It is, in fact, in the field of policy creation and review that this volume should be used. Over and over again it challenges commonly accepted policies and practices in the security field. Is your usage policy flexible enough to cover all cases? Does your monitoring policy run counter to the law? Does your disclosure policy help or hinder the development of secure products? The book raises lots of questions, although it provides few answers. (What advice exists is occasionally contradictory, such as the recommendations regarding email monitoring on page 33 versus 107.) At times the material doesn't even deal with policy issues: chapter five's content on email scams is more relevant to personal security matters such as phishing. Some, although relatively few, of the items can be used for scenarios when discussing ethics. Almost all of the questions can be used during an assessment of the coverage of a corporate security policy. So, yes, the book is useful for those in the security field. (It would have been even more useful if an index had been included.) copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004

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Not long ago, knowing the ethics of right from wrong at work was simple: Don’t steal office supplies, don’t pad your expenses, and try and stay sober at the holiday party. Times have changed, and the work place is now globally connected and accessible 24x7. In the vast realm of Information Technology (IT), an ethically "wrong" decision can be the corporate equivalent of splitting the atom--a small, seemingly isolated event that causes a devastating impact on a grand scale. When applied to IT, the issue of ethics can no longer be relegated to the back of the employee manual. Highly acclaimed trainer, speaker, and author Stephen Northcutt provides a detailed blueprint on how to first identify, and then resolve, issues of ethics within the enterprise. Hundreds of Scenarios for You to Consider, Including: Independent Audit Failures - Do You Report or Keep Things Quiet? Handling Bounced E-mails - To Look or Not Cracking Screen Saver Passwords - Should You or Shouldn’t You? Bad Code - Whose Problem is It? Failing to Perform Required Data Backup - What if You Miss One? Music Downloading and ISPs - Should They Share the Information? Questionable Internet Viewing - What do You do About Offensive Material? Marketing Roles - What if You Have Insider Knowledge about Your Competition? End-user License Agreements - What is the Company’s True Responsibility? Code Re-use for a Different Customer - Should You Charge for It? Personal Privacy for Telecommuters - How Much Should You Have? Vulnerability Scanners - In Place of Penetration Testing? Privacy Complaints - What’s if it’s a Matter of National Security? Your Solutions Membership Gives You Access to: Comprehensive FAQ page that consolidates all of the key points of this book into an easy to search web page "From the Author" Forum where the authors post timely updates and links to related sites These Downloadable e-booklets: Security Assessment: System Information Criticality Stealing The Network: How to Own a Continent: Product of Fate: The Evolution of a Hacker Richard Thieme's Islands in the Clickstream: Reflections on Life in a Virtual World: Hacking and the Passion for Knowledge WarDriving, Drive, Detect, Defend: Learning to WarDrive

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