This is your Tech Tidbits Daily for Tuesday, May 31st, 2005. Today's podcast contains one information technology management suggestion.
"Before You Fire The Company Geek" you should read this post from W2KNEWS.com from Slashdot (especially the comments):
"An anonymous reader writes: "A new 'insider threat' survey by the US Secret Service and Carnegie Mellon University finds that 82 percent of people who hack their company exhibited unusual behavior in the workplace prior to carrying out their activities.'
A somewhat amusing write-up at washingtonpost.com points to a bunch of more interesting gems hidden deep in the study, including:
'Almost all - 96 percent - of the insiders were men, and 30 percent of them had previously been arrested, including arrests for violent offenses (18 percent), alcohol or drug-related offenses (11 percent), and non-financial-fraud related theft offenses (11 percent).'
The blog post also notes that 86 percent held technical positions at the companies: '... if you're going to fire someone (particularly company geeks who have the motive, means and access to inflict pain on your computer systems) make double sure you cut off their e-mail and network access at the same time you hand them their walking papers.'
Definitely something to think more about and make sure you have a good plan, or you could have some major problems after the fact.
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