Culture of Recklessness

Few weeks ago the U.S. Air Force revealed details about a virus that infected the drone fighters program. The malware seems to be a key logger which is a program that records the keyboard strokes on a computer. The embarrassment and uproar at the air force security services was felt through out the media reports. These past few days new details were revealed that inflamed the situation further. According to anonymous sources, the malware is the same kind used routinely to steal log-in and password data from people who gamble or play games like Mafia Wars online.

Is it just me or does it seem like recklessness in very sensitive jobs have been on the rise lately? Few months ago there was a story about airport controllers watching online videos while on the job and now our pilots that are flying drones and bombing terrorist are playing mafia wars on the job! When should the line be drawn and are we addicted to this new age of continues access to the web?

Recklessness should be unacceptable. This situation is a recipe for disaster in this climate of cyber attacks and security problems. Maybe it’s time for us to get back to doing our jobs with professionalism and dedication.

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8 thoughts on “Culture of Recklessness

  1. We’re only human. We’re in an age where technology conflicts with society. Sometimes it’s better to have a computer check up things for quality assurance but we still have people in position to do those jobs. The alternative? More layoffs because of technology. The truth is technology improves our lives in many ways including their remarkable ability to be perfect and thorough – compared to our human recklessness. However, it also leaves an ethical question every time we replace someones job with a machine. We’re stuck between a rock and a hard place on this issue right now.

    • the issue is not just technical assurance tasks but also critical tasks such as flight controllers and other jobs. I am not sure how we could completely get rid of humans. Before you know it we might have doctors checking facebook while operating on us.

  2. I absolutely agree. This story reminds me of a story from a couple years ago about the war in Iraq. Insurgents used a $26 Russian computer program called SkyGrabber to tap into live feeds from UAVs on the battlefield. That is ridiculous! It’s pretty pathetic to think that our advanced weapon systems could be hacked by a couple of guys in an apartment with a Windows 2000 computer and some $26 software. Somebody dropped the ball on that one but probably wasn’t fired because nobody in the government ever gets fired for their incompetence; they get promoted.

    The work place is not a place for games. You are hired to do a job and you better get it done right. This goes double for jobs where lives are at stake. In my case triple for a job where not lives, but pizzas were at stake. At the pizza shop I worked at you learned not to waste time OR ELSE.

    The culture of recklessness has a cascading effect; if the manager is lax and doesn’t care if his employees are slacking off, then the employees will be imbued with that lackadaisical attitude for the rest of their working lives, which will result in a generation of mediocrity and recklessness.

  3. If we are looking for things to be done efficiently, and things to be done well, then I don’t really think that ethics should have to come into it. If we find that machines can do things better and more effectively than humans, and perhaps even at a lower cost, why shouldn’t companies take advantage of that? Giving someone a job because it’s “ethical” rather than because they are the best option for the company doesn’t really help anyone, in the long term (except for the person getting the job, but again, when a business hires, they are not hiring for the people. And they shouldn’t have to).

  4. Yea, I also agree.. With a situation like that, there’s no margin for error. If it was from workers slacking off on the job, they should lose their jobs.

  5. While I was in Iraq, a common motto was “Complacency kills.” And it’s very true. The moment anyone one of us would get complacent on post, or in a patrol, would be the moment anything could happen.

  6. i think its more to do with giving unnecessary people information that is secure. I mean most of the people with passwords don’t even know much about the programs they are getting into and would not be able to detect if anything fishy was going on.

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