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Subject:Re: Client from Hell/plumber analogy From:Michele Davis <mdavis -at- bitstream -dot- net> To:Tom Johnson <johnsont -at- starcutter -dot- com> Date:Thu, 08 Jun 2000 22:32:28 -0500
Tom, case in point, I've got three kids, we have babysitters pretty frequently.
Do I think the sitters infringe on our personal lives by snooping through
closets, looking in jewlery boxes, checking out the herbals and meds. in the
kitchen cabinet, maybe even finding those "nasty" items hidden well. Yes! But
the reality is, is that a security breach? Of course not. If the sitter, or the
plumber STOLE something, the nail file, a pair of earrings, well, then that
would be a breach of trust and security.
You have a dinner party and people use your guest bathroom, your main bathroom,
whatever, and they snoop. That's REALITY.
This argument wears me out. Its so ridiculous. Do your job, and bullocks to the
people in the server room. Do whatcha gotta do to get the job done and do it.
I'm with Plato all the way---but I've been there---done that, so my perspective
is different. I'm a bullocks to you all, get it done kinda chick, and if it
takes me going in and getting "root" access because some sys. admin. doesn't
have enough time for me, well then I do it!
> Yes, maybe Andrew got the job done. What if a plumber came to your house to
> fix a broken water pipe. While using a wrench he broke a fingernail and
> needed a nail file to get rid of the jagged edge (OK, most plumbers would
> bite it off, but never mind). How would you feel if you found him rummaging
> your dresser or your jewelry box for a nail file? Some companies consider
> their networked information to be valuable and anyone hacking their way
> into the system is prosecuted to the maximum extent possible. There are
> places that run the risk of losing contracts if their clients knew there
> were such security breaches.
> Contractor, employee or visitor, anyone given permission to enter a
> facility should consider themselves as a guest (even if you have a job to
> do). As a contractor, I do what it takes to get the job done, but I do it
> by my client's rules. I tell them I need access to such and such and they
> generally give it to me. I won't risk a working relationship by granting
> myself access to areas that may be sensitive.