Ethics for IT Professionals/Professional Code of Ethics

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AMA Code of Medical Ethics

Ethical codes can fill in the gaps in which laws and regulation fail to reach or simply can not be applied. Most professions have an ethical codes in which they must follow. Those codes signifies or states what they hold most dear. For example CPA'S and doctors each have a code of ethics that represent each of their professions values and principles.

Most IT Professionals, unlike Doctor's and other professionals, do not have a general rule making body, they may have many professional organizations specialized to specific groups.

  • Association of Information Technology Professionals(AITP)
  • CyberSecurity Institute (CSI)
  • Independent Computer Consultants (ICCA)
  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)
  • Association for Computer Operations Management(AFCOM)
  • Computing Technology Industry Association(CompTIA)

In fact the existence of these bodies signify a lack of respect for ethics in society in general, requiring not only the validation of this types of bodies but also rely on their power to enforce sanctions when ethical violation occur. Something that could be well covered by the state and the academia.

It can be argued that these ruling bodies should be in fact unnecessary, since ethical considerations do not depend on ones profession, even if very specific considerations can seem restricted in the function they will be shared by another professions. It could also be stated that this is a function of the state and the legal system, that delegating these functions in non governmental, even if public organizations, is detrimental to the public good, and overall block to transparency of procedures. These bodies will also promote the exertion of corporative influence toward their specific groups interests, one such interest is reducing competition by limiting or increase the difficulty of access to functions and a general increase in prices since they permit a coordinated fixing of payments in a monopolistic way and promote the practice of obtaining special treatment and recognition for those that depend on their specific activities.