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Dangerous IT Admin Archetypes

it peopleData center managers know that their admins are key to the smooth operation of their services. They’re often some of the most hardworking and, unfortunately, underappreciated members of your staff. Still, there are cases when those IT admins can get out of hand, and can cause real damage to your data center, or put your company at great risk. Here’s a look at some of the most dangerous IT admin archetypes you can encounter:

•    The Zealot. Sometimes, you come across someone with a true chip on her shoulder. She has an idea in her mind, and no matter what you say or what the company says, things need to be her way. This can be anything from a particular type of architecture to a configuration decision to whether users are leaving their computers logged in when they’re away from their desks. You might even find a Linux zealot who stealthily moves a bunch of your servers away from your Windows standards.

•    The businessman. Using company resources to operate a business isn’t a problem that’s unique to IT admins. For decades, would-be entrepreneurs have used company copiers, fax machines, email, and more in order to promote a side business. An IT admin, however, has access to significantly more resources, including things like website hosting and more.

•    The snoop. Sometimes, when you give an IT admin the keys to the universe, they can’t help but poke around. That can mean something as simple as reading the CEO’s email, or it can mean examining confidential information. This can result in all sorts of regulatory violations, or even flaunting of HIPPA rules.

•    The spy. IT admins don’t just have access to company email. In many cases, they have access to all of the trade secrets, intellectual property and company secrets. They can sell those secrets for personal gain, or simply give them away to help a competitor.

•    Out for revenge. An IT admin who’s terminated for what they believe to be an unfair reason is a dangerous thing. After the employee is gone, they can pose a huge threat. From hacking into the company’s systems to exploiting known weaknesses, a disgruntled former IT admin can wreak all kinds of havoc.

While you can’t prevent these kinds of archetypes from occurring, you can be diligent in your hiring and oversight processes to make sure that, once one is identified, your company is protected from that individual.

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