Company Code of Ethics.
As an IT Service provider, as company and as individuals we follow the codes of conduct(s) as outlined by several major organisation, These code(s) of ethics define the principles that we believe to be true and inherently always aim to uphold in our work and professional practice.
RFC 1087 http://www.isoc.org/internet/conduct/
In January 1989, the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) in RFC 1087 defines an activity as unethical and unacceptable if it:
- Seeks to gain unauthorized access to the resources of the Internet.
- Disrupts the intended use of the Internet.
- Wastes redasdasources (people, capacity, computer) through such actions.
- Destroys the integrity of computer-based information, or
- Compromises the privacy of users
Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics
The ethical values as defined in 1992 by the Computer Ethics Institute; a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance technology by ethical means, lists these rules as a guide to computer ethics:
- Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
- Thou shalt not interfere with other people’s computer work.
- Thou shalt not snoop around in other people’s computer files.
- Thou shalt not use a computer to steal.
- Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
- Thou shalt not copy or use proprietary software for which you have not paid.
- Thou shalt not use other people’s computer resources without authorization or proper compensation.
- Thou shalt not appropriate other people’s intellectual output.
- Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you are writing or the system you are designing.
- Thou shalt always use a computer in ways that ensure consideration and respect for your fellow humans (Computer Ethics Institute, 1992).
(ISC)² code of ethics
(ISC)² an organization committed to certification of computer security professional has further defined its own code of ethics generally as:
- Act honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally, and protecting the commonwealth.
- Work diligently and provide competent services and advance the security profession.
- Encourage the growth of research – teach, mentor, and value the certification.
- Discourage unsafe practices, and preserve and strengthen the integrity of public infrastructures.
- Observe and abide by all contracts, expressed or implied, and give prudent advice.
- Avoid any conflict of interest, respect the trust that others put in you, and take on only those jobs you are qualified to perform.
- Stay current on skills, and do not become involved with activities that could injure the reputation of other security professionals
British Chartered Institute for IT
- have due regard for public health, privacy, security and wellbeing of others and the environment;
- have due regard for the legitimate rights of third parties;
- conduct your professional activities without discrimination on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, colour, race, ethnic origin, religion, age or disability, or of any other condition or requirement;
- promote equal access to the benefits of IT and seek to promote the inclusion of all sectors in society wherever opportunities arise.
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND INTEGRITY
- only undertake to do work or provide a service that is within your professional competence;
- NOT claim any level of competence that you do not possess;
- develop your professional knowledge, skills and competence on a continuing basis, maintaining awareness of technological developments, procedures, and standards that are relevant to your field;
- ensure that you have the knowledge and understanding of legislation and that you comply with such legislation, in carrying out your professional responsibilities;
- respect and value alternative viewpoints and seek, accept and offer honest criticisms of work;
- avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious or negligent action or inaction;
- reject and will not make any offer of bribery or unethical inducement.
DUTY TO RELEVANT AUTHORITY
- carry out your professional responsibilities with due care and diligence in accordance with the relevant authority’s requirements while exercising your professional judgement at all times;
- seek to avoid any situation that may give rise to a conflict of interest between you and your relevant authority;
- accept professional responsibility for your work and for the work of colleagues who are defined in a given context as working under your supervision;
- NOT disclose or authorise to be disclosed, or use for personal gain or to benefit a third party, confidential information except with the permission of your relevant authority, or as required by legislation;
- NOT misrepresent or withhold information on the performance of products, systems or services (unless lawfully bound by a duty of confidentiality not to disclose such information), or take advantage of the lack of relevant knowledge or inexperience of others.
DUTY TO THE PROFESSION
- accept your personal duty to uphold the reputation of the profession and not take any action which could bring the profession into disrepute;
- seek to improve professional standards through participation in their development, use and enforcement;
- uphold the reputation and good standing of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT;
- act with integrity and respect in your professional relationships with all members of BCS and with members of other professions with whom you work in a professional capacity;
- notify BCS if convicted of a criminal offence or upon becoming bankrupt or disqualified as a company director and in each case give details of the relevant jurisdiction;
- encourage and support fellow members in their professional development.