The purpose of this document is to provide clarification about the McAfee Institute Code of Ethics for our Board Certified Professionals. Readers should be mindful that no explanation could cover every circumstance or situation, and therefore, the guidance contained herein is intended to show how the code of ethics should be interpreted. Ultimately, it is the Board Certified Professionals responsibility to act by the utmost highest ethical considerations when dealing with the public and in their professional capacities.
Keep private any confidential information gained in her/his professional work, (in particular as it pertains to client lists and client personal information). Not collect, give, sell, or transfer any personal information (such as name, e-mail address, Social Security number, or other unique identifiers) to a third party without prior client consent.
Shall not engage in any illegal or unethical conduct or any activity which would constitute a conflict of interest.
Protect the intellectual property of others by relying on her/his innovation and efforts, thus ensuring that all benefits vest with its originator.
Will comply with lawful orders of the courts and will testify to matters truthfully and without bias or prejudice.
Disclose to appropriate persons or authorities potential dangers to any clients, the Internet community, or the public, that she/he reasonably believes to be associated with a particular set or type of electronic transactions or related software or hardware.
Provide service in their areas of competence, being honest and forthright about any limitations of her/his experience and education. Ensure that she/he is qualified for any project on which he/she works or proposes to work by an appropriate combination of education, training, and experience.
Never knowingly use software or process that is obtained or retained either illegally or unethically.
Use the property of a client or employer only in ways properly authorized and with the owner’s knowledge and consent.
Disclose to all concerned parties those conflicts of interest that cannot reasonably be avoided or escaped.
Ensure the proper management for any project he/she leads, including adequate procedures for promotion of quality and full disclosure of risk.
Add to the knowledge of the cyber profession by constant study, share the lessons of her/his experience with fellow McAfee Institute members, and promote public awareness of benefits of the programs and learnings.
Conduct herself/himself in the most ethical and competent manner when soliciting professional service or seeking employment, thus meriting confidence in her/his knowledge and integrity.
Will reveal all material matters discovered during an investigation, which, if omitted, could cause a distortion of the facts.
Ensure ethical conduct and professional care at all times on all professional assignments without prejudice.
Not associate with malicious hackers nor engage in any malicious activities.
Not purposefully compromise or cause to be compromised the client organization’s systems in the course of your professional dealings.