Re: Code space?
Yes, because the upper admins are 2,000 miles away at other plants.
No, no other option is viable that isn't equally vulnerable (and ANY remote means is equally hackable because it's the remote element that makes it hackable). And local presence isn't an option due to the distances.
Oh, and did we mention they've only budgeted so much to you, and pretty much the ONLY thing you have to work with is an untempered, 1/4" thick glass door? And they still expect 100% perfection or else, AND they have an ear with the employment commission meaning if you fail you can pretty much kiss any other job prospects goodbye.
Welcome to the real world. And yes, I've seen it.