In the Information Technology field as with many professional fields it is necessary to have a clear code of ethics that ensures the safety of the professional, the organization, and the client. This code of ethics should reflect the standards that are put forth by the profession and the expectations that the profession has for those who work in this field. When developing the code of ethics I reflected on what has been important to me in my career in terms of technology, ethics, and safety in the military and in my current career. I also reflected on what I believe will be important to me when I entered the information technology profession, and what is ethically correct in terms of the profession, the organization for which I work, for the clients, and for all stakeholders. Based on this reflection, the ten point code of ethics below represents what I believe to be important in terms of the information technology profession.
Follow the steps necessary to prevent unauthorized access to user identifications, passwords or any information that may be used to access information systems, user accounts, or information pertaining to stakeholders. .
As an IT professional you will take precautions necessary to prevent unauthorized access to user identifications, accounts and passwords. You will take the necessary steps to ensure that information systems cannot be accessed by unauthorized users. You will ensure that all user accounts and information pertaining to stakeholders is protected and secured against unauthorized users. .
Limit access to information contained in or obtained from the systems to authorized persons.
As an IT professional you will take precautions necessary to limit access to information contained in information technology systems to authorized persons. As an IT professional you must understand that the information obtained from any information technology systems is confidential and should remain so.