When IT professionals cheat

200 IT professionals fess up about how often IT workers cheat on certification exams, buy fake gear or illegally share software. What they say may surprise you.

By Julie Bort, Network World |  IT Management, certification, slideshow

The ethical gray zones for IT professionals

When it comes to professional ethics, few things in life are black and white. Do most IT workers think it's  unethical to study for a certification exam with actual exam questions (so-called brain dumps)? Is it OK to buy used gear from an unauthorized dealer? How about new gear? What about gear falsely sporting a brand name (fake gear)? And what is the one professional area where IT professionals "cheat" the most? (If you can't wait to find out, we tell you on the last page of this slideshow.) So we went to the source, asking 200 IT professionals to participate in an online survey on IT Ethics. Click on to see the results.

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