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Does your company include security back-doors in its software?   [Edit]

Survey period: 1 Aug 2005 to 7 Aug 2005

In light of the recent WGA "by-pass switch" slip-up by Microsoft, does your company include security overrides (by-pass) in its software? (suggested by Doug Troy)

OptionVotes% 
Yes and everyone that works here knows about them.394.73
Yes, but only the IT dept. knows what they are (we hope)364.36
Yes, but only a select few know about them.10612.85
No (unless you count the one I put in)15318.55
No. We don't want the headaches49159.52



 
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Jeff J7-Aug-05 12:13
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I voted partly to be tongue-in-cheek, but also to reflect what I've seen many do over the years. This should increase statistical accuracy in lieu of those who wish to remain voiceless.

Two things about human nature that are difficult to suppress:

1) Wanting to play (usually a good thing - keeps spirits up)
2) Doing things to bypass the irritation of "the system"

No one wants more frustration, so if people can bypass it, they often will. The question is why some people break security to make things easier. It's easiest to assume all such people are the problem.

Poor communication, design, and/or management are often the culprit. IT and development are often at odds, which is a sad but common situation. Aside from egos and control freaks, it's often a case of "my group wants what it wants, and doesn't care about your group's concerns". When this happens, no amount of "thou shalt not..." will completely fix the problem, since the resulting anger destroys cooperation.

The gifted manager brings such people together to resolve the issues, and the resulting fix improves everything. But when communication and/or cooperation is poor, or no such manager is in the picture, things fall apart. This is perhaps mankind's greatest organisational inadequacy.

So what happens when an otherwise good employee is caught having made a back-door, when that action was just a response to a malingering disease? With little doubt, the disease makes the obvious blame, thereby protecting itself from blame.

Why not just fix the disease? Look at 2) above (NOTE: endless loop).

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