Syngress Publishing Announces the Release of “IT Ethics Handbook: Right and Wrong for IT Professionals”

Rockland, MA – Syngress Publishing, Inc., today announced the publication of “IT Ethics Handbook: Right and Wrong for IT Professionals” (ISBN: 1-931836-14-0).

“IT Ethics Handbook” will be available in bookstores and at online retailers in August. Not long ago, knowing the ethics of right from wrong at work was simple: Don’t steal office supplies, don’t pad your expenses, and try and stay sober at the holiday party. Times have changed; the workplace is now globally connected and accessible 24/7. In the vast realm of Information Technology (IT), an ethically “wrong” decision can be the corporate equivalent of splitting the atom–a small, seemingly isolated event that causes a devastating impact on a grand scale. When applied to IT, the issue of ethics can no longer be relegated to the back of the employee manual.

Amy Pedersen, Vice President, Syngress Publishing, said, “Stephen Northcutt, a highly acclaimed trainer, speaker, and author, has provided us a detailed blueprint on how to identify and then resolve issues of ethics within the enterprise.”

Stephen Northcutt, along with Cynthia Madden, cover hundreds of scenarios for readers to consider, including:

-Independent Audit Failures – Do You Report or Keep Things Quiet?
-Handling Bounced E-mails – To Look or Not
-Cracking Screen Saver Passwords – Should You or Shouldn’t You?
-Bad Code – Whose Problem is It?
-Failing to Perform Required Data Backup – What if You Miss One?
-Music Downloading and ISPs – Should They Share the Information?
-Questionable Internet Viewing – What do You do About Offensive Material?
-Marketing Roles – What if You Have Insider Knowledge about Your Competition?
-End-user License Agreements – What is the Company’s True Responsibility?
-Code Re-use for a Different Customer – Should You Charge for It?
-Personal Privacy for Telecommuters – How Much Should You Have?
-Vulnerability Scanners – In Place of Penetration Testing?
-Privacy Complaints – What’s if it’s a Matter of National Security?

Chapter topics include: System Administration and Operations; Audit; Vulnerability Disclosure; Digital Postmaster; E-mail Scams; Information Security Officers; Programmers and Systems Analysts; Database Administration; Information Service Providers (ISP); Brother’s Keeper; End-user and Employee Computer Security; Customer Ethics; Trusted Assistant; Ethics and Contractors/Consultants; Telecommuting and Mobile Computer Security; Personal Computer Users; Penetration Testing; Content Providing; Privacy; and Management/Employer Ethics.

ISBN: 1-931836-14-0
PRICE: $49.95 U.S.

About the Authors
Stephen Northcutt, Director of Training and Certification for the SANS Institute, is a graduate of Mary Washington College. Before entering the computer security field he had a varied career as a Navy helicopter search and rescue crewman, white water rafting guide, culinary chef, martial arts instructor, cartographer, and network designer. He is the author or co-author of various publications including: “Incident Handling Step-by-Step,” “Intrusion Signatures and Analysis,” “Inside Network Perimeter Security,” “SANS Security Essentials,” “Network Intrusion Detection, 3rd Edition.” He was also the original author of the Shadow Intrusion Detection system and first DoD Shadow team leader before becoming the Chief for Information Warfare at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization.

Cynthia Madden was educated at the University of Connecticut and Columbia University. She has ten years of experience working as a senior consultant on Wall Street, advising brokerage firms on all aspects of information technology and business ranging from hands-on software development to high-level management and street-wide test coordination. Her passion is bringing a new model to businesses, which creates cooperation, balance, and integrity among all relationships within a business, be it management and employees, vendors relationships, investor relations, and family life for employees and business owners alike. Cynthia lives in Hawaii and is an active martial artist holding two championship titles for women’s black belt division full contact fighting.

Background Information
Syngress Publishing (, headquartered in Rockland, Massachusetts, is an independent publisher of print and electronic reference materials for Information Technology professionals seeking skill enhancement and career advancement. Distributed throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada, Syngress titles have been translated into twenty languages. The company’s pioneering customer support program,, extends the value of every Syngress title with regular information updates and customer-driven author forums. For more information on Syngress products, contact Amy Pedersen at 781-681-5151 or email Syngress books are distributed in the United States and Canada by O’Reilly Media, Inc.

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