Please read the article below and then answer the 5 questions and identify which question you are answering.
James is an expert in the software development field and he currently works for a small high security computer lab in Portland Oregon, where software and data systems are manufactured and tested regularly. He has been working in his department for 15 years. James works endless nights going through software codes to test the newest and most up to date technology. He is a true pioneer when it comes to innovative ideas. Few people recognize and give him credit for his work, especially his supervisor. His work requires him to work long hours and his innovation are not rewarded with an increase of pay. The corporation that James works for is so high profile it requires each employee to have a common access card, due to the high security clearance needed to operate the software systems. These cards are handed in at the end of each person’s shift even going including being being physically checked by security upon entering or leaving the department.
James was one of the few people in the company who was invited to attend a software convention in Silicon Valley, California where he was to showcase the company’s latest coding project against competing companies. Due to James’s impressive production his small company won the competition with James getting little to no credit despite show casing it and showing spectators how to operate the seamless design. However, James’s talents caught the eye of many bigger name companies which could use his talents. James’s company however wanted to keep all of James’s coding under wraps.
Having caught the eye of many of the competing firms that were at the convention in Silicon Valley, James began to be solicited for new opportunities to come and work for the competition. They offered him a higher pay including bonuses, and though James was loyal to his company he was feeling underappreciated and he felt that it was time for him to move on to bigger and better things. James did some reaching out to the other firms providing them a portfolio of his course work sending them his own beta samples which was his work product and originally intended for his company’s future projects. He was used his personal email while his company common access card was in his work computer. James didn’t want to alert his company of anything definitive until a new job was set in stone. After several weeks of active communication and negotiations with the other software companies, James abruptly stopped receiving emails from these companies. For about a week he was sending out emails with no responses and he was getting extremely worried.
Then on a Monday morning he was told that his common access card had been revoked, and wasn’t allowed in by security. He was then escorted to the main building by security but not to his department, he was brought to a small room with the Secret Service waiting for him. James was then interrogated for hours in regard to the communication between him and the other software firms with all of his emails exposed. James was accused of intellectual property theft and due to the specific security nature of his work produce, espionage. James was arrested and fired from his job. James arrest was announced in The Oregonian newspaper the next day.
Q#1: From an ethical standpoint do you think that his company was wrong for reporting him directly to the Secret Service (and thus destroying him professionally) when in reality he was just looking for a better job?
Q#2: How do you think James should have gone about looking for a new job with other companies?
Q#3: Do you think James’s penalty was too severe?
Q#4: What mistakes did James’ boss and company make? How can they prevent an occurrence like this from happening again?
Q#5: You are James’ manager and a Christian, how should you deal with a situation like James’ in the way Christ would?
Use the following textbooks as a reference however additional references are welcomed.
Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier (New York: Norton, 2015).
Fire Doesn’t Innovate: The Executive’s Practical Guide to Thriving in the Face of Evolving Cyber Risks by Kip Boyle (Austin, Texas: Lioncrest Publishing, 2018).
Cybersecurity Ethics: An Introduction by Mary Manjikian (New York: Routledge, 2018)