A proper sysadmin
End users are usually completely and utterly incompetent, and it seems SF's mayor and staff below him are just as bad, but thats how governments roll isn't it?
Every time I give a new staff member a password so they can log in I always get "Can you make it a bit easier, like 12345 or pppppp?" and as someone who praises strong security policy and, if given the power, enforce far stricter password policies, this sysadmin should be paid millions in compensation for the stuff he's had to deal with. And also, if you place a privileged password in a safe, anyone with a restricted account that has access to that safe only has to take the account name/password for the privileged account and log on as that user so they can change their wallpaper or install MSN. If they bugger something up bigstyle as a result, who's head does it fall on? They're not logged in as themselves, so it falls on the person who owns the account, the sysadmin.
IT Technical staff are the ones that should be first on your christmas lists as the ones who manage to keep data safe, network functional and implement cost saving or competition beating network upgrades. The reason you don't have problems is because of the IT team, and when you do it's the IT support guy that comes out to you. IT staff should be given more job perks and benefits. Sod the end users who don't care for data security and blame someone else when their data gets wiped or distributed because they walked out the room without locking their PC for a few minutes thinking it'll be fine.
Management or staff who have nothing to do with managing the IT provision should NEVER EVER have any privileged access to the network. Doing so allows those staff to create problems that can affect the entire organisation and blame them on others rather than their own incompetence. Share data like passwords to privileged accounts between your own team, (you're not ALL going to die simultaneously, so long as you don't all get in the same car and the driver is a chav) and nobody else. Those with IT experience know their job, what it entails, and what data they are privvy to.
I mean, I have access to all the payroll, finance, information management system and literally everything. I don't go looking through it because it's nothing to do with me, but I'll do what is neccessary to protect it from end lusers.
Did anyone read one of El Reg's previous articles on how SF published the passwords Childs disclosed to SF's mayor for public record? Management are just as incompetent as end lusers.
I appluad this sysadmins efforts, and hope his court case against SF is a success.
I demand that SF STOP this action against a sysadmin doing his job, and doing it well.