Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Users of the World Part 1

What makes it possible that a user thinks he/she can do what ever they want on a network?

As they sit there in their pubical all day. Fustrated that the controller has blocked their machine from going to MySpace. (Don't even get me started on that piece of crap site.) They sit there and try to come up with another reason to live through the next week and get to the weekend. This way they can sit in their tiny apartments and live their dismal life away from being plugged into a network.

See at home they are free to do what ever they want. Which is fine with me as long as they don't bring that attitude into the work place. Once you turn on that machine and enter your login and password you now belong to the controller.

This past week there was one such user that thought he was being smart and lost when he under estimated this Systems Administrator. No details, although it would make a great story. I just feel that you shouldn't tell all tales out of school.

My rant is about ALL users around the world. What the hell do you guys think you are doing? Trying to go around the controller's back end. Bringing that stupid iPod and downloading music to it, all the while sucking up bandwidth. The world is splattered with news of lude emails getting sent out to the wrong people, or maybe the right people if you want to come out of the closet on the nations news channels. Laptops are being stolen with all kinds of sensitive data on them. Lord only knows what is going on that we never hear about.

Most data that you users work on his considered company property. Most of that data is considered sensitive or even confidential. You must get really bored and your brain starts to wonder off the track and, poof, you have a problem on your hands. Now the friggin laptop is gone and you just put all those files on it to work at home over the weekend.

Did you ever think to encrypt the data? Nooooo.

Did you even think to lock the laptop in your trunk? Noooo

Did you even think about the events that would take place if anything bad happened when this data was in your hands?NNooooooo

Of course you didn't you are drones, users, sheeple. You have been conditioned not to think about such things. That is why there are Sys Admins and Controllers. We, on a daily basis, think of anything and everything that could possibly go wrong during a 24 hour period and try to put measures in place that will prevent things from happening to the systems or the data. Most times we can prevent bad things. Other times we are fighting with everything we have to beat a problem that is about to ruin our networks. Sometimes we are taken by surprise and ambushed. The ambushes are usually brought on by, you guessed it, the user.

Users can't really be blamed can they? They really have no idea what is going on down in the trenches. Yes they can. They only want to see the geeks when their machine has dropped below mach 1 because of all the spyware they downloaded while playing the stupid flash games. You know the ones, Swat the fly, shoot the illegal immigrants racing across the border.

We sys admins have only one more hole in in the network to plug. That would be the one between the user's ears. For God Sakes start thinking of what you are doing and how it will effect your job. It just might change the way the geeks look at you when they come to fix your machine.

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