How to become expendable

Over the three years this pilot fish has been at his current workplace, the company has lost several IT people who knew the domain admin password -- but it has never been changed.

“Since I don’t have anything to do with maintaining the passwords, I shrugged it off and did my job,” says fish.

“Then last month the help desk manager, Wilma, got laid off and the head of one of the smaller IT groups was promoted to the position.

“Two weeks later I took off for a vacation. When I came back, the admin account won't work.

“I asked a co-worker, who gave me the new password and told me, 'They changed it because Wilma got laid off.'

“The help desk is responsible for maintaining the admin passwords. Maybe that's one of the reasons Wilma got the ax?”

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