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IT Admin "Was Fired" But... Was it a GOOD idea?

By Yowye ·
There was an IT Administrator who had been fired from his Company, do to deliberate mismanagement of the companies network systems in order to acquire new products and software for which they proposed - was the best solution in order to fix the problem, however, A.S.A.V.M operates an internal investigation department... one which no employee had been aware of.

They found in there investigation, that this IT Admin, deliberately mismanaged the net work to obtain software and hardware for both personal use and for personal private transactions.

Now there is a new IT Admin running the show, which just became a circus... The old IT Admin, apparently created personal encrypted passwords which have locked in all essential files, and has been unsuccessfully decoded... now the company has become paralyzed by and Admin who no longer is with them.

The first question is... If you were this new IT Admin, what course of action would you take?

And the second question is... Do the companies you work for have back up plans for the unexpected... what ever the unexpected may be?

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Let me work for YOU!!!!

by teajay9001 In reply to Can I work for you?

A good manager seeks end results. If I put all of my eggs in one basket and drop the basket I'm through. This guy who got fired, suppose he got hit by a car, got sick or even died. The company is in the exact position. I tell you what, you bring your friend and I'll fire you BOTH.

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The Cost is Not Double

by Wayne M. In reply to Can I work for you?

The cost of having two people able to do any task is not double, and the planned costs for training the second person needs to be compared to the unplanned costs incurred when a single source is not available.

When training the second resource, there is a short-term duplication of effort, but once trained, duties can be split. The split does not need to be 50-50, but the backup should have enough work to maintain familiarity. This frees up the primary to be trained and serve as a backup.

Even in a one-man IT shop, it is valuable to train one or more non-IT personnel on IT duties. I guess, though, there are some people who prefer to get paged on a day off when a tape backup fails or some other glitch occurs.

Duplication does require some extra costs, but these can be planned for. I prefer this approach to hoping that a predictable disaster (e.g., someone being absent for a day or indefinitely) will not occur.

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A wise man once said listen to Wayne

by Xerxes612 In reply to The Cost is Not Double

Wayne has the right answer. It sounds like you have run a few projects in your lifetime. Plan ahead, life is similar to a chess game.

Comment: Kind of a Monday Quarterback answer. This is a fix you don't want to get yourself in to begin with. Seems you will need to pay big bucks for a security firm to come in and decrypt passwords. Hiring back is not an option you want to even think about. If thi man was sabotageing the network to get new products he would raher work with, I wouldn't let him back on the property. Matter of fact, maybe not even within wireless range.

Good luck in your endeavors.

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WOW!!

by Too Old For IT In reply to The Cost is Not Double

A company that does not limit stratigic thinking to next Friday's earnings forcast.

Where do I send my resume?

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it's not just in it...

by Jaqui In reply to The Cost is Not Double

my habit, even when I worked as a cook was to train all my co-workers to be able to handle every position in the kitchen. since I was usually shift boss, I made sure everyone I was working with could do my own job. maybe not as well as I could, but they had the skills needed.

about 3 weeks after I got everyone up to speed, I had management tell me I was indispensable. I told them I wasn't. ( and took a week off without notice ) they got the point real quick on the value of my habit. every person who regularly worked with me was able to handle the shift.

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Cost of Doing Business

by mgordon In reply to Can I work for you?

I concur with the two person rule and there's slightly more to it than that -- they should be cooperative but not "best buds". As the old saying goes, "Who is watching the watcher?" You have two admins able to watch each other, cooperative but maybe slightly suspicious of the other one. Maybe each has a sniffer; everyone knows it and keeps the admins honest.

It would be expensive if people think "inside the box"; two network engineers, two server admins, two helpdesk staff, etc. But a smaller company can keep the two without busting the budget quite easily; it is what we called in the Navy "collateral duties". One person is the network engineer and another the database administrator (DBA). The Network engineer obtains SQL knowledge and is the backup DBA. Not an expert, but a backup. Likewise the DBA can obtain some Cisco training, maybe get CCNA certification. That way you may, on paper, still only have one of each, but in fact, you have two of each.

I am emphatic about this and spend typically 1/10th of every day training my subordinates in my skills. I'm also a Boy Scout leader and do the same thing; if a Scout can do it, the leader should not. Likewise at work. In many areas I am the expert. This produces strange results -- upper management is often quite young and does not comprehend the strategy -- I'll take a tier 1 helpdesk call so that my new technicians can work on a complicated (to them) database or Cisco problem. They don't want to be Tier 1 forever and I want to go on vacation someday! They must learn my skills so I drill them pretty hard sometimes and to make it so I sometimes take the easy or tedious stuff like installing a printer driver for the 500th time.

Sometimes younger people do not recognize what is happening and suppose that the elder is just lazy; but in fact the elder is surreptitiously watching carefully to head off disaster in case what the junior is about to do would be a Bad Thing.

Some of my best mentors were real a**holes that made me angry and thus I became motivated to show my stuff.

One solution to the obvious problem of making the CEO an administrator (he is not so where I work) is an 'escrow' where the boss or secretary keeps certain critical information.

Companies that do not think of this are obviously lower on the Darwinian evolutionary scale and may not survive a shakeout event such as a rogue administrator taking the keys of the kingdom with him.

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Reasons

by Oz_Media In reply to Rule of Two

You are right, you can't tell from the description nor would anyone reallyknow why unless directly involved.

I find in most similar situatios, it's not the final action that created the decision. It's often for other reasons and they were just looking for SOMETHING to justify their want to fire him to begin with.

It does sound like the guy had a few irons in the fire, was interested in other things and was a bit sketchy, trust wise. But him, just like anyone else in the world, won't curl up in thefetal position and wait to die, he'll just move on to bigger better things, the company will grow bugger and better and life goes on.

He is a thieving ba*tard though, I'd nail him to the wall for it.

Then again, due to the company's own inaction, hey may not even realize they are locked out. A quick phone call, now he's probably cooled a bit, is likely to result in his happily offering all passwords.

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...whether firing was justified

by 2MANYCERTS In reply to Rule of Two

"...deliberately mismanaged the net work to obtain software and hardware for both PERSONAL USE and for PERSONAL PRIVATE TRANSACTIONS." [caps added]

WHAT DO YOU FIRE PEOPLE FOR, IF NOT STEALING????

SHESH

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Have the new IT guy call...

by thesnowfamily In reply to ...whether firing was jus ...

I think the only way they will get the passwords is for the new IT guy to call. "Hey dude, listen I don't know you and had nothing to do with your getting fired. I realize your probably pissed at ABC Company but my life is crap right now because they are breathing down my butt to get these files open. Can you please help a guy out of a mess?"

Might not work but I think has a better chance then the guy who fired him calling. I also find it hard to believe the files cannot be hax0red. Sounds like the company is just too cheap to pay the right amount.

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I agree

by issinho In reply to Rule of Two

You know, I agree with this whole "Rule of Two". Sure, the ideal (and cheapest) way to go would be to only have One admin. Lord knows we all want to be The ONE! C'mon, how realistic is it to only have one person in control of everything?
The company I work for has an entire team devoted to network and system administration. That way, in the case someone leaves the company (on good terms or not) you still have others with the "Power" to administer the system. Sure, the other members of the team are probably not paid the same as the team Lead, but they still have all the same rights and privileges that he has. It is very feasable and doesn't require a huge budget to have an additional admin. Simply start them out a little lower and with a different title. Then, make your current Admin. the Lead admin. Is that so hard?

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