San Francisco Network Engineer Goes Berserk
The news today is reporting that the City of San Francisco computer systems have been hijacked by a rogue network engineer. The highly-paid employee of the city’s technical department had been exhibiting increasingly erratic behavior which culminated in his locking out all administrative access to the systems and refusing to divulge the password. The 43-year-old individual had been hired in spite of a felony record for aggravated robbery 25 years prior.
Two thoughts come to mind. First, the glaringly obvious: Knowingly hiring an individual with a criminal history for such a sensitive position was probably not a good idea. Second, it is essential to ensure that people in trusted positions are worthy of that trust. If ethics and work-life balance take a back seat to technical competence in a prospective job applicant’s value system, wise employers look elsewhere.