February 17, 2011, 10:48 AM — Do most IT workers think it's unethical to study for a certification exam with stolen 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?
Network World went to the source to find out, asking 200 IT professionals to participate in an online survey on IT Ethics.
The survey found that the two areas where IT pros cheat the most is on vendor certification tests and software compliance. The area where they see the fewest ethical conflicts (the least amount of "cheating" if you will) is buying unauthorized gear.