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Network never patched

By zlitocook ·
I am a contractor who was hired to a small bank. I was brought in to migrate and fix things, I did good and was hired. Now they want me to manage the network among other things. They have a Symantec hard ware fire wall all in one device. They think it is enough to protect them from the bad guys. With Windows 2000 and XP pro work stations, XP came with SP1 and the 2000 workstations are at SP3. Even the servers are not updated past last years patchs. I was told that auditers are coming in soon to look at the whole system from the ground up. My boss a general office manager who picked up his IT skills as he went along thinks that the contractors they hired to set the network up two years ago are perfect. And his boss also self taught thinks the network runs fine, dose not need any updates or patches. I had my problems with them as a contractor now if I am in charge of the network but not really will I be a scape goat after the audit? I ran a few quite programs I can not do too much they did not give me full rights as a administrator, and have my concerns about things that I found on the severs. Should I cut and run?

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by pierrejamme In reply to Network never patched

You have to have FULL ACCESS to run a network. That doesn't necessarily mean you are going to go patch crazy.
Best advice is to keep copies of everything you write to your supervisor BC on all e-mails and print them out to take home. Take home all printed recommendations and you should be making plenty, as well as requests for access and whatever else is lacking on network. Or save them to a USB drive or similar. Something portable. Buy one with your own money and keep the receipt so you have proof you bought it when you need to go.
Best of Luck, and start looking.

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by rindi1 In reply to Network never patched

I think you should quit. You did say that was a bank, did you? I believe as a customer of that bank one should also move out now.

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