• Subject: RE: LIMITING Programmer ACCES TO LIVE DATA
  • From: Rob Berendt <rob@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 16:14:52 -0500

I knew of a place in Michigan that used to run their payroll on a S/36.  
They had two copies of the library.  One for executives and one for the 
rest.  They would delete one and install the other when they wanted to 
run the payroll.  All wires leading out of the computer room were severed 
when the executive payroll was loaded.  When complete, the DELETE was ran 
with the option to write binary zeros over the old data.





jccats@bright.net on 01/05/2000 04:03:17 PM
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LOL!!  I agree.... I've got a great story for you.. 

Our payroll department has a package that reside on our AS/400... 
they have a program that asks for a "master" password.  Without 
this password a person can't have access to other option on the 
payroll menus. 

The Administrative group does not want IS to have that password 
because they are afraid that we are going to access payroll files, 
yet they want us to help them trouble shoot problems... we were 
able to work around the password (and able to find what it was) just 
to prove a point..... after all they want us to write reports/queries 
and support the payroll system too... but God forbid we have 
access to a few table files... 

It's amazing how little trust can be shown to IS professionals. 

I agree, if you don't trust the contractor, find another one.  It 
amazing that some companies think all "we" want to do is nose 
through their files...... personally I really don't want to know how 
much some people make, cause it will only make me mad !!   Out 
of sight.. out of mind.. 


Joanie 



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