As I listen to the news about the VW emissions scandal, and hear about deflated footballs I am disappointed that honesty is being pushed aside. I mentioned this to an aquaintance and their response was, "If you're not cheating you're not playing the game."
Well, I was frankly stunned at that response...to the point that I asked if they had a CISSP certification (CISSP = Certified Information Systems Security Professional issued by ISC2). Fortunatey they didn't; however, the reason why I asked is because the CISSP Code of Ethics is a strong foundation for honestly dealing with your peers, customers, and employers -- as well as families, friends and fellow citizens.
The CISSP Code of Ethics includes a Preamble and Canons. They are repeated below:
So, if you are not aware of the CISSP Code of Ethics, you may want to consider it for your future decisions. If you possess a CISSP then these should not be a surprise.
As my dear friend and mentor Mr. Kirk Bailey (CISO, University of Washington) has offered, whenever you are presented with a problem, "....always do the right and ethical thing..."
May you make the "right and ethical" decisions!