Most of us in IT are working long hours. There are always more fires to put out, and less time to prevent the fires from starting in the first place.
But we all know that sometimes we must spend time on what is important, even if it isn’t urgent.
Which is why I’m so very disappointed.
I mentioned before that I am writing an online course on ethics for software engineers (which is now open for pre-enrolment!) During my research for this course, I found an interesting – and scary – statistic.
In recent years, some companies have tried to make their contracts easier to read. Why? The Consumer Protection Act defines the right to plain and understandable language in consumer contracts.
We know that Covid-19 has had a disastrous effect on the economy every where. For individuals and companies, it has meant a loss of income and an increase in financial debt.
That got me to thinking about a different kind of debt. Technical debt.
If you live in South Africa, there’s a good chance you have been a victim of theft.
We know the thief is the person in the wrong. But that doesn’t mean we do nothing. We recognise the risk, and we take precautions. We lock our doors. We install burglar bars or an alarm system. Our cars have tracking devices.
Our personal information is the cyber-equivalent of our possessions. And, like our cars and our TVs, it can be stolen. We need to recognise the risk and take precautions. Continue reading