I often use the story of Jacob and Esau to warn my 11th Grade Sunday School class not to sell-out things permanent for things temporal. For example, one’s virginity — once it is gone, it is gone and there is nothing but regret for those who sell it for a false promise of joy and/or freedom made to them on MTV. I tell them that they are children of the King, so they should not be satisfied with things out of the gutter.
And it is this story of a blown birthright that immediately came to mind when I read an article in The Register entitled “Office workers give away passwords for a cheap pen” which stated:
Workers are prepared to give away their passwords for a cheap pen, according to a somewhat unscientific – but still illuminating – survey published today.
The second annual survey into office scruples, conducted by the people organising this month’s InfoSecurity Europe 2003 conference, found that office workers have learnt very little about IT security in the past year.
That thunk you hear is my jaw hitting the desk. But as I regather myself, I remember how last month I warned you about passwords I’ve found at various churches and charities taped to the bottom of keyboards, in Rolodex under ‘P’ or exchanged in open text emails. This is because though most of you who read this blog understand the importance of unique and well-protected passwords, we fail to convey the value of such to church administrators and secretaries who are unaware of the minions of evil out there looking to do any system harm just for the fun of it.
So when you get a chance, in a loving, kind, but firm manner, remind your ministers, your administrators, your secretaries, your lay persons to treat passwords as they would their father’s commandments or their mother’s teaching and “Hide them in your heart always; tie them around your neck.” for “when you sleep down, they will protect your data; and when you awake, they will give you access.