“10 dumb things IT pros do that can mess up their networks”

Posted: August 6, 2009 in Computing, Design, Technology
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A great article I found while browsing for some IT security material for a project I’m working on @ work. This work is by Debra Littlejohn Shinder and was published @ TechRepublic.com

  1. Don’t have a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery plan.
    “..backups are something that seem like a waste of time and effort—until you need them.”
  2. Ignore warning signs.
    “it pays to heed early warning signs that something is wrong”
  3. Never document changes.
    “what if you just make new changes that don’t work the way you expected, and you don’t quite remember the old settings?.”
  4. Don’t keep enough space for logging.
    “..without logs to help you discover what happened can be costly”
  5. Not testing critical updates before installation.
    “..Yes, updates and patches sometimes break important applications”
  6. Putting upgrades off.
    “..putting off upgrades for too long can cost you even more, especially in terms of security.”
  7. Managing passwords sloppily.
    “..Bad password policies and sloppy password management create a weak link that can allow attackers to invade your systems with little technical skill needed”
  8. Trying to please all of the people all the time.
    “..Network administration isn’t the job for someone who needs to be liked by everyone. You’ll often be setting down and enforcing rules that users don’t like.”
  9. Not trying to please any of the people any of the time.
    “..Just as it’s important to stand your ground when the security or integrity of the network is at stake, it’s also important to listen to both management and your users.”
  10. Make yourself indispensable by not training anyone else to do your.
    “..failing to train others to do your tasks, you may lock yourself into a position that makes it harder to take a vacation.”
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