Code of Conduct for DBAs

My lead DBA sent this to me this week. It’s a DBA Code of Conduct by Brad McGehee from the Redgate Simple Talk website. Good stuff. I don’t know if management realizes how much access DBAs have to proprietary and private information.

The abstract: Despite the fact DBAs are protectors of an organization’s knowledge, and privy to much confidential information, there is no clearly defined set of rules and standards to help govern and guide their ethical conduct.  Brad McGehee, in an article based on a chapter from the second edition of his book How to Become an Exceptional DBA, discusses a Code of Conduct for DBAs. He advises on why such a code is required, the sort of topics it should contain, and how it might be enforced. Much of this article has relevance for any IT professional.