Lack of consistency/bosses in general.
We had one of those quick staff meetings yesterday where, the negative aspects of lazy team members were pointed out, the acts reprimanded, with the general theme being a slapped wrist for the whole team. Emphasis on doing things properly, working as a team, etc. If we need any resources to tell him and he will do what he can to provide them. 2/10 for content.
One process we’ve recently had to adopt is due to GDPR, all data leaving us has to be encrypted. (Best practice means you’d have done this by default anyway, but it wasn’t encouraged here, eek.) Makes perfect sense, when I am dealing with Pearson, usually to upload exam data where a PC has failed to upload a batch of answers a learner has given, I have to log in to a portal which they host, the data is then encrypted/uploaded and an email is sent to the recipient with a link to access said data.
Today someone came to us asking for advice on this, boss ended up present 5 minutes after he entered the office.
Our approach is just to use 7zip to make an archive file and give it a password upon creation. Do 100% of computer users use 7zip? No. Can you save a file as a zip file from 7zip and open it in Windows natively? No. It just errors, not giving a password entry field at any point.
What is the boss’ answer today when we do some testing and learn that WinRAR does let you set passwords for .zip files which Windows will let you open them after it presents you with a password entry field/declaring the correct password?
“We’re not paying for that. They just need to install 7zip.”
Some people here know that I don’t ridicule when it comes to a lack of understanding/ignorance with IT and I especially don’t expect 3rd parties to just follow “our” advice with what software to install. When we have had similar instances of 3rd parties advising us, the boss tells them no. The next answer was “Most people already use 7zip already” - In just 2 months of this we have had 10 complaints. Assumptions in anything don’t work, especially in IT.
So much for doing a job properly/spending a penny on something which would probably do the job, when in reality we should have a secure and encrypted method - cock punch to the boss man etc. Shudder.