Ethical issues for IT security professionals

Tuesday, 19 July 2005, 1:55 PM EST

Physicians, attorneys and other professionals whose job duties affect others’ lives usually receive, as part of their formal training, courses that address ethical issues common to their professions. IT security personnel often have access to much confidential data and knowledge about individuals’ and companies’ networks and systems that give them a great deal of power. That power can be abused, either deliberately or inadvertently. But there are no standardized training requirements for hanging out your shingle as an IT security consultant or in-house security specialist. Associations and organizations for IT pros are beginning to address the ethical side of the job, but again, there is no requirement for IT security personnel to belong to those organizations.

By Deb Shinder at WindowSecurity.

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