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    Giving SLT User Administrator Password

    Bit random...

    I was approached by SLT and asked to give admin level rights (as in admin password to one designated memeber of staff) so in case when I am not onsite or if I die all of a sudden then they have a way of gaining access to the network?

    Whats your view on this?

    Would you?

    If Yes? why?

    If No? Why?

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    There needs to be a documented procedure in place for this and if you are the only IT support person on site it should be something along the lines of username/password secured in school safe.

    Ben

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    Why not just have the password in a sealed envelope in a safe?

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    No but an account details sealed in the safe for "emergency" use only.

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    As above, admin password in a sealed in the safe

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    We have all admin related passwords on an encrypted memory stick in the safe.

    Ask him if the system went down and all the data went and he wanted someone to blame his name would be in the hat also, as he has admin access!

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    Paper copies in an envelope which requires destroying to open, in a fire proof safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    Why not just have the password in a sealed envelope in a safe?
    If you laminate the envelope leaving plenty of empty plastic along all edges you will be able to see it hasn't been tampered with.

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    Create a unique separate account with administrator privileges... that way any activity on it can be tracked and seperated from your actual administrator account. As per everyone else - sealed destructive envelope in safe or encrypted memory stick in safe, and presuming all staff don't have access to the safe, a specific signing out sheet left with whoever is in charge of the safe which must be completed whenever the details are removed / used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marci View Post
    Create a unique separate account with administrator privileges... that way any activity on it can be tracked and seperated from your actual administrator account. As per everyone else - sealed destructive envelope in safe or encrypted memory stick in safe, and presuming all staff don't have access to the safe, a specific signing out sheet left with whoever is in charge of the safe which must be completed whenever the details are removed / used.
    This.

    Nobody gets my password!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    This.

    Nobody gets my password!
    lol

    would love to know your rationale...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Get2theChoppa View Post
    lol

    would love to know your rationale...
    As a lot of SLT are not IT Professionals and think that just because BitCommet works well at home that it won't harm to have it on the school computer or the 100 stupid add-on toolbars in IE etc... Seeing how some SLT I have worked with (not all) use a computer and click blindly and randomly, I'd expect a network to last all of 5 minutes with them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Get2theChoppa View Post
    lol

    would love to know your rationale...
    For the same reason I tell staff not to give anyone, even me, their password. It is my account so anything that happens on it is my responsibility. If I give out my password to anyone, even SLT, then that increases risk of something happening but doesn't decrease my responsibility.

    Odd response from an IT bod really.
    Last edited by TechMonkey; 5th September 2013 at 02:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Get2theChoppa View Post
    lol

    would love to know your rationale...
    Why would they need it?

    Passwords are like underwear - change them regularly and never share them.

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    When I first started here about 3 of the SLT had administrative access or local admin passwords purely because they were in senior positions, one of them would buy and install printers for staff and install random toolbars(sparklebox!) or software upon request despite me asking him not to... now I'm the only one with admin access - as with most others a password list is in the safe along with full documentation.

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