A Code of Ethics for IT

Some computing groups have developed, or are working to establish, ethics codes for IT.

The Association for Computing Machinery and the Association of Information Technology Professionals, for example, have adopted generalized ethics codes. And the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. has both a general code of ethics and a software engineering code of ethics.

The following certification groups are currently working together to draw up a code of ethics for IT security professionals:

  • Global Information Assurance Certification
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association
  • International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium Inc.
  • Information Systems Security Association Inc.
  • ASIS International

If a universal code is adopted, the next step would be standards of practice that would serve as teeth behind the code a sort of American Bar Association for IT. If an IT worker violated the standards, in theory he might be disbarred from the profession.

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