Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bring your own intern (BYOI)

We learn from Ian Webster that some enterprising project people, having noticed that companies are more and more letting bring-your-own-device onto the company networks, have also noticed that "bring your own" is extensible...

In the latest turn, it's bring your own intern. Ian writes:
"I rediscovered a news story this evening about a US software developer who outsourced his entire job to China without his employer knowing. The deal cost him just 20% of his six-figure salary. He then spent his days “working from home” watching funny cat videos on YouTube, surfing Reddit and buying & Selling stuff on eBay, whilst an outfit in China did all the heavy lifting on his projects for him."
How clever is that? Maybe not at all. Let me count the ways:
  • Intellectual property transfer (unintentional)
  • Undisclosed risk
  • Software bots or hacking hooks
  • Configuration control errors
With friends like that guy, you won't need a nemesis

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