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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.

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

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

One Comment

  1. Some possible answers to the first three questions.

    1. Actually there can be many possible answers for this one. Emeregencies are frequent, not always time to lock down.

    2. Most have a password protection but one you are logged in anyone can access them, some have a time out feature, after a certain time of inactivity it will lock down, you don’t see this feature are many, I have looked at several.

    3. They are are pretty straight forward, especially if all the grades are figured out of a hundred points. Increase individual scores and up goes the grade. This teacher may have entered grades around students, if so I would like to ask when she found time to do that.

    You bring up some excellent points for church offices, I know that whenever there is no one sitting at the computer, those systems are locked down at my church, there is very sensitive data stored in those databases.