An interesting article appears in todays PalmBeachPost where a “Sixth-grader [is] charged in grade switch caper.”
Apparently, the 11 year old thought he could pull a quick one during lunch time by excusing himself and then attempting to change his grades on his teacher’s computer. The kid now faces felony charges. This is bad enough. But I think there is another crime here that is also being overlooked:
- Why was the teacher’s computer left so exposed while he/she was out?
- Why didn’t the grading system require authorization for grade changes?
- How did the kid learn to use the system?
These are questions those of you at church offices might also want to ask yourselves. For example:
- Can a member walk in and access sensitive personal and financial data? Perhaps during the church service?
- For those of you running your own servers, is data on other computer accessible via your server over your internal network?
Take a look around. If you’re hoping the honor system is enough, then you’re inviting trouble.
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? – James 2:14-20