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Old 09-15-2020, 12:05 AM   #1
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"email me the security system's administrator password, would you?"

Sometimes I'm worried about getting a concussion from how hard I'm slapping my forehead dealing with some "IT professionals".
I work in crime prevention and as everything else, the security systems are part of the client's network these days. Every once in a while, I get requests "from the top" that are truly hard to believe. Would you hire someone to secure your IT environment if he emails administrator credentials around? I mean I'm no certified IP pro, perhaps just a contractor who can smell a bad idea.
Have you come across people like these?
Who would want high end security tech that would comply with such ridiculous requests. I don't care if they take it personally, I do the right thing.
Rant over.
Old 09-15-2020, 12:23 AM   #2
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All the time, from people at all levels of the organisation. It's frankly depressing.

Boss: "Please e-mail me the document with all relevant credentials."

IT Staff member #1: (shouting from the other side of the cubicle area): "What's the administrator password for ServerX?"
IT Staff member #2: (shouts back): "I changed it last week, it's 'Cheetah1234' now."

Consultant from company delivering project management software: "Hi, we'll need remote access to ServerX. Can you please provide the hostname, username and password? Thanks."

Developer creating a new spreadsheet report: "I need to pull live data from the accounting database into Excel. What's the SA password?" [proceeds to embed sa credentials into a spreadsheet that's available to all Project Managers]

Any non-IT manager displaying such blatant lack of security awareness should at the very least receive a severe dressing down, and be ordered to attend mandatory security training.

But so-called IT professionals doing the same and worse? In my not-so-humble opinion that needs to be a firing offense.
Old 09-15-2020, 06:43 AM   #3
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Part of the problem is that IT professionals have to meet the needs of the business first and foremost. I've often seen where the IT man who understands security and starts bringing up problems and telling his bosses in so many words that they are clueless, get's slapped down and eventually ends up looking for another job.


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