Having a hard time at work

Hello all… Just looking for some advice! I have asked a person who is my resource if we can put a lock on the data/switch room and I got shot down with the words ” WHY & we are an open door policy and we are all family ” 

this is a massive Security issue that needs to be addressed. do I go behind him and speak directly to my Boss in the states? but what would be the outcome if I did this?

Correct if it’s POP.

If there Outlook option “leave a copy on the server” is not check, the emails are downloaded in Outlook and removed from the server.

So emails are not there for User B after User A hits send and receive in Outlook.

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Mace

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Martin2012 This person is a verified professional. Verify your account to enable IT peers to see that you are a professional. Mar 9, 2018 at 11:42 UTC

If he reports to you, then just tell him get on with it..

But it it risk, and only authorised employees should have access to that, never mind cleaners etc etc

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Ghost Chili

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Briser_fae_the_broch This person is a verified professional. Verify your account to enable IT peers to see that you are a professional. Mar 9, 2018 at 11:47 UTC

You are in the right – if you are planning on asking your Boss in the US, you could just email for advice on the subject, indicating your concern (without mentioning the other person or the conversation you had).

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Mace

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hutchingsp Mar 9, 2018 at 11:54 UTC

Ignoring that it really is just common sense, you’ll find more and more audit/regulatory requirements are calling for physical security precisely because it is common sense.

It could be something to check, but as Martin says your post isn’t entirely clear if they report to you or you report to them.

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Anaheim

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jamestaylor18 Mar 9, 2018 at 12:07 UTC

hi and thanks for the replies. I report to ” Joe Blogs” as he’s a Resource but my main Boss are stateside. it’s a very clicky office so i can’t really bring this up to anyone. so my only way is to have a one2one meeting with my boss and see what he says as with this gdpr compliance kicking in we really need to secure our data.

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Ghost Chili

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M Boyle Mar 9, 2018 at 12:25 UTC

Aah, cliques. Hate them.

Do you have cleaners or others that enter the office?  Do they get to walk around unescorted? What’s the crime rate like in the area? 

Another reason is that people don’t always know what they are doing and stupidity causes lots of problems. “Oh noes, I spilt tea on the server.”. 

Really you should talk to your main boss about minimum IT / security standards and use that as a way to get things changed.

It’s not about trusting “family” any more it becomes a standard across the company.

“We’re all family.”  “Really? Gimme the keys to your car then.”

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Chipotle

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Coloumb Mar 9, 2018 at 12:27 UTC

If it is a compliance requirement, find that regulatory document where it states the need for physical security and present it as not a case of locking everyone out, but following the regulatory requirements.  Reframe it as a benefit to the company, because non-compliance would surely be very expensive should an audit fail your site due to the lack of a simple lock.

Also maybe talk to your quality group if your company has one, as typically they are very concerned with compliance matters.

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Anaheim

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jamestaylor18 Mar 9, 2018 at 12:33 UTC

well, that’s what he said ” WE ARE ALL FAMILY ” what a joke… it’s my job on the line if we have a data breach or a major indecent. We have a cleaner who does not go into the room, however, the R&D guys and others have been in and removed Cat6 from one of the switches and plenty more issues have happened with kit going missing and whatnot. all it takes is for someone to leave on BAD TERMS and turn their emotions to the switch room or if theirs a break-in and in the process the server/data/switch room gets destroyed and the company goes down for at least a week due to damages.  

well, i have raised my concern and thus will wait for my reply. it is now noted so IF however anything does happen i have proof of my concern.

it’s the first place i have ever worked where anyone can gain access to the data room.

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Mace

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hutchingsp Mar 9, 2018 at 12:34 UTC

If you’re UK with GDPR I really wouldn’t be thinking twice about this.

“data security by design” should be your friend here.

An unlocked door isn’t that.

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Anaheim

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jamestaylor18 Mar 9, 2018 at 12:37 UTC

Sorry, But Are you saying I should not be worried about not having a lock on the Data/Switch room?

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Mace

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Snufykat This person is a verified professional. Verify your account to enable IT peers to see that you are a professional. Mar 9, 2018 at 12:38 UTC

If it is your job then do it. 

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Mace

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hutchingsp Mar 9, 2018 at 12:39 UTC

jamestaylor18 wrote:

Sorry, But Are you saying I should not be worried about not having a lock on the Data/Switch room?

No, I’m saying you should be worried, but instead of coming at it from the “I don’t like it” angle, come at it with things like “data security by design” which are part of GDPR.

GDPR is (will be) law, they can’t ignore that.

They can ignore a personal opinion.

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Anaheim

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jamestaylor18 Mar 9, 2018 at 12:40 UTC

I’d love to but theirs a Gang here and if you are not in it then you are GONE. I’ve seen it way too many times… I really don’t know what to do. I guess if things don’t change then i need to be looking elsewhere 

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Anaheim

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jamestaylor18 Mar 9, 2018 at 12:42 UTC

hutchingsp wrote:

jamestaylor18 wrote:

Sorry, But Are you saying I should not be worried about not having a lock on the Data/Switch room?

No, I’m saying you should be worried, but instead of coming at it from the “I don’t like it” angle, come at it with things like “data security by design” which are part of GDPR.

GDPR is (will be) law, they can’t ignore that.

They can ignore a personal opinion.

ah i see yeah i did try to explain this but ” Joe Blogs ” thinks GDPR only effects big companies? 

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Mace

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hutchingsp Mar 9, 2018 at 12:46 UTC

No, GDPR impacts all companies and impacts them if they deal with yours.

He’s in for some fun if that’s his belief.

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Anaheim

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jamestaylor18 Mar 9, 2018 at 12:49 UTC

hutchingsp wrote:

No, GDPR impacts all companies and impacts them if they deal with yours.

He’s in for some fun if that’s his belief.

Yes well, the Legal Team ” State Side ” are dealing with this and I CAN’T wait till we get a Security Audit!

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Ghost Chili

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M Boyle Mar 9, 2018 at 13:02 UTC

but ” Joe Blogs ” thinks GDPR only effects big companies? 

Heh.

Interesting article on el reg about ICO files re-evaluated in light of what the GDPR mandates: />

The paragraph mentioning Pharmacy2U should make for sobering reading for any small/medium company.

Smaller companies do appear to be a little too blasé about things.

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Mace

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Martin2012 This person is a verified professional. Verify your account to enable IT peers to see that you are a professional. Mar 9, 2018 at 13:19 UTC

jamestaylor18 wrote:

We have a cleaner who does not go into the room, however, the R&D guys and others have been in and removed Cat6 from one of the switches and plenty more issues have happened with kit going missing and whatnot. ..

That right there..

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Cayenne

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Jordan7458 Mar 9, 2018 at 13:21 UTC

Do yourself a favor – email your local supervisor with the regulatory info and point it out. At the very least, when the audit comes through, you can show you were not negligent, but rather were stymied by your local boss. Otherwise, if they’re as cliquish as you say, it’s going to drop straight on your head.

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Datil

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Caur Mar 9, 2018 at 13:21 UTC

Briser_fae_the_broch wrote:

You are in the right – if you are planning on asking your Boss in the US, you could just email for advice on the subject, indicating your concern (without mentioning the other person or the conversation you had).

This ^ is what you should do. Good wisdom.

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Anaheim

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jamestaylor18 Mar 9, 2018 at 13:23 UTC

Jordan7458 wrote:

Do yourself a favor – email your local supervisor with the regulatory info and point it out. At the very least, when the audit comes through, you can show you were not negligent, but rather were stymied by your local boss. Otherwise, if they’re as cliquish as you say, it’s going to drop straight on your head.

yeah Thanks for all the advice…  It’s been noted and i have emailed Head office! I’m not going to stress about it anymore

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Datil

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JeffLew07 Mar 9, 2018 at 13:42 UTC

Join the gang. Defeat the leader. Take over the gang. Install the lock. Win.

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Datil

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Troy Jollimore Mar 9, 2018 at 14:11 UTC

Let me give you an example of that. A LARGE oil company owned a LARGE oil sands operation in Alberta, Canada, and employed someone I know as an engineer. This company was doing very well operations-wise, and very successful. Then they brought in a new manager from the States. This guy immediately replaced the upper management team with his ‘friends’ from the States that he had worked with before. They started to change everything, which was fine, but these new changes introduced conflict, reduced efficiency and productivity… and decreased employee morale. Many of the senior staff were upset and alarmed by this, so THEY complained to Head Office.

Head Office sent a small team of people to investigate. During the course of this investigation, they interviewed all of the employees, asked them factual questions about the operations changes, and also how they felt about them. The senior staff were quite happy to show figures PROVING all of the negatives, and indicated their displeasure when they had been performing so much better previously. However, when the person I know was interviewed, he indicated that he knew nothing at all. That he was happy to work there under the current management, as well as liking it under the old management.

The senior staff, and EVERYONE who complained about the new management were fired. The person I knew got to keep his job. Again, this is a Global (European) company that should have a rock-solid HR program, policies, procedures and analytics in place. Think about that before dispensing advice.

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Datil

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Troy Jollimore Mar 9, 2018 at 14:14 UTC

jamestaylor18 wrote:

yeah Thanks for all the advice…  It’s been noted and i have emailed Head office! I’m not going to stress about it anymore

Though I still wouldn’t stress about it. I’m not sure what a ‘Resource’ is, but if you report to them, all you could do is have it down in writing (Email) where you made the request and asked the questions. A response would be better, but still not absolutely necessary. Then you just ‘keep on keeping on’.

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Tabasco

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bucko This person is a verified professional. Verify your account to enable IT peers to see that you are a professional. Mar 9, 2018 at 14:21 UTC

jamestaylor18 wrote:

hutchingsp wrote:

No, GDPR impacts all companies and impacts them if they deal with yours.

He’s in for some fun if that’s his belief.

Yes well, the Legal Team ” State Side ” are dealing with this and I CAN’T wait till we get a Security Audit!

Why would you wait for the legal team in the States? There are tons of legal stuff that is on our shoulders to take care of and it’s our job to point to them and get solutions implemented.

OK, you’ll secure your ass with writing concerns to boss in the States, but are you sure it’s the way to go? You’re the IT specialist and it’s your job to get it done… I wouldn’t ask anybody “hey, what do you think about?…” , I woul write into legal department that you need them to create legal papers for implementing new standards and procedures, create documentation, attach legal documents and add your Boss in the CC. i wouldn’t worry about your imidiate boss, you only need to do the work you’re hired for.

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Of course not. Yet people sill believe that the obese make less competent game show contestants, according to a research paper coming out later this month in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

For the paper, Wharton professor Maurice Schweitzer and Ph.D. candidate Emma Levine conducted several studies seeking to measure bias against the obese. They found that across the board, study participants believed that overweight people are less competent than thinner people.

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    To get over something means to recover from it (e.g. an illness). Is this what you are thinking of?

    Otherwise I suggest using cope with it (a hard time), for example.

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