Bosses welcome security warnings from outsiders

Daniel Thomas

The vast majority of IT managers would thank an outsider who warned them about a security weakness in their IT system, rather than pay them off or threaten legal action, as a credit card company did when a student found a hole in its systems recently.

Of the respondents to this week's Computer Weekly/ Harvey Nash Big Question, 86% said they would thank the outsider and fix the problem and 12% said they would offer the person a job.

Last week, two of the Web sites that student Martin Nikel contacted about security actually offered him a job, in stark contrast to the credit card company which threatened to sue him for accessing its systems. None of the respondents in the poll said they would follow this course of action.

One IT manager said he would thank the person and fix the problem "as anything else would be foolish".

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