How to Address Ethics in IT


Physicians have the Hippocratic Oath. Attorneys are guided by codes of conduct in their respective states. And like most other industries, IT professionals have ethical standards they are expected to adhere to. But how do you address ethics in IT?

If your IT department is taking on the task of developing your organization’s IT code of ethics, there are plenty of resources you can use to help get you started. They include:

  • SANS Institute – SANS is best known for its information security training, but it has a variety of templates available for public use. It also has an extensive code of ethics for IT professionals that can easily be applied to your organization’s tech department.
  • Association for Computing Machinery – The ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct says it is used to “express the conscience of the profession.” The principles of this code include professional responsibilities, leadership duties, and compliance with the code in general.
  • IEEE – Originally founded as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, this association has since grown to include computer scientists, software developers and IT professionals. The organization’s intentions with its code of ethics is to accept personal obligations to the profession, its members and communities its members serve.

Ideally, your organization’s IT code of ethics is set in stone. If not, 2W Tech can help you establish one. We’re a technology service provider with IT Consultants with decades of experience in all facets of technology. Contact us today to learn more.

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