Ethical benefits for IT professionals

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Relevance Of Ethics To People In IT


One often wonders whether ethics are relevant in IT and whether or not individuals in the profession practice ethics. According to the 2011 Roy Image of Professions Survey IT professionals and business executives were ranked amongst the least honest professions.

Since professionals are capable of making judgements and applying skills to reach informed decisions, they have to practice professional ethics, also known as Ethical Business Practices.

Ethical Business Practices aim to improve the internal standard of individual and group conduct. They also aim to improve external factors such as sustainable economic strategies. These practices help create creditability because a business that is driven by moral values and ethics is respected in the society. Professional ethics play a major role in uniting people and leadership because it brings the decision makers and employees on a common platform. Ethics improve decision making. The decisions made are driven by values so the organisation becomes fierce in its operations and gains a competitive advantage.

Ethical Hackers are computer and network experts who find and fix computer security vulnerabilities. These people are hired to attempt to break in into computer systems by employing the same tools and techniques used by intruders to investigate the security gaps and vulnerabilities without damaging the systems. Ethical hackers should be completely trustworthy because they might come across information while they are testing which should remain secrets.

Ethical principles and theories enhance the experiences of people in IT and highlight the relevance of ethics to people in IT.

Author: Thulani Motha
Edited by: Kim Vova
“General Ethical Foundation” Online. Accessed February 17, 2002.
“Ethical Principles.” Online. Accessed February 17, 2002.,%20Ethical%20Principles.htm
Ruth Chadwick (1998). Professional Ethics. In E. Craig (Ed), Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. London: Routledge.Retrieved October 20, 2006, from

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