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Nutters and IT – A marriage made in heaven?

It has long been maintained that you have to be crazy to work in the IT business, and now it’s official. A recent study by the U.S. Secret Service, (who must be considered eminently qualified to recognize the symptoms) and Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute CERT Program (opens in new tab), analyzed insider cyber crimes across critical infrastructure sectors and found that insider sabotage was in virtually 100% of cases carried out by people who are disgruntled, paranoid, generally show up late, argue with colleagues, and generally perform poorly.

No surprise there HOWEVER eighty-six percent of them held technical positions and ninety percent had system administrator or privileged system access!

Interesting! Forty one percent of those who sabotaged IT systems were employed at the time they did it BUT the majority were done by insiders following termination. Sixty four percent were infiltrated with VPNs using the old passwords that had never been terminated and thus taking advantage of a lack of security controls and gaps in their organization’s access controls.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.