issc 481 discussion response

Hello,

I need two responses of at least 150 words each for the below students discussions for this week. Also in the bold below are the questions the students at answering.

1. Why is it important for employees to stay motivated in the workplace? Provide at least two ways in which motivation is achieved in your current job?

2. Security policies such as an email policy or acceptable use policy are written by the CIO or member or the IT department. If you were in charge of writing security policies how would you convince upper management, who usually knows very little about technology, to implement the new policies?


Student one:

1. Why is it important for employees to stay motivated in the workplace? Provide at least two ways in which motivation is achieved in your current job?

Keeping employees motivated and engaged in their jobs is a key job for managers and senior leadership. Employees want to feel appreciated and needed in their jobs. Doing work, just to do work gets old real fast. One of the best ways to keep the employees engaged and motivated is to give them the “why” behind projects. How does their job performance effect the company as whole? Understanding the company’s vision will help define a specific roadmap for the employee. If they are performing well, make sure they are aware of it and are rewarded. If they are performing poorly, let them know and give constructive education on how they can do better.

In the Marine Corps, we are trained to follow orders of our seniors. While this is followed to a degree, it helps when they Marines understand the objective. It allows the unit to function better when everyone has bought into the problem. Open communication helps with the problem framing and brainstorming of problems. Not being afraid to take the advice of others and leaving your biases at the door keeps the group motivated and makes them feel apart of the group.

2. Security policies such as an email policy or acceptable use policy are written by the CIO or member or the IT department. If you were in charge of writing security policies how would you convince upper management, who usually knows very little about technology, to implement the new policies?

The best way to convince upper management why they need to implement the new policies is by allowing them to be involved in creating them. Keeping the leadership involved will help them understand the why. They can ask questions as the CIO makes recommendations and keep the communication going between all parties. CEOs and other key leaders may not understand some of the verbiage that a technologically savvy individual may be using. Keeping the language to a level they can understand will help your discussions as well. Finally, show them facts and figures. In my experience, everyone understands better when you have charts. Show them how specific security policies have helped reduce the number of incidents over the weeks or months.

*Constitution Day*

The founding father I chose was Dr. James McHenry. I wanted to chose someone unusual and McHenry was the name of the town I grew up in. Surprisingly, he had nothing to do with the town I grew up in. But, the fort in Baltimore, MD was named after him, which I found interesting. Dr. McHenry was in the army as an aide under General Washington and was later acted as the third Secretary of War of the United States from January 27, 1796-May 13, 1800. Upon further reading, I discovered he really wasn’t liked that well and constantly undermined President Adams and ultimately was considered incompetent. But, he did sign and help draft the U.S. Constitution, so how bad could he have been?

References

Friedman, E. (2012). 10 Steps to Keeping Employees Engaged and Motivated. Retrieved from eSkill: https://www.eskill.com/blog/employees-engaged-moti…

Lohrmann, D. (2018, June 3). How to Get Management Support for Your Security Program. Retrieved from Government technology: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersec…

Schwantes, M. (2016, Aug 5). 10 Best Ways to Keep Employees Happy, Engaged, and Motivated. Retrieved from INC: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/10-best-ways-…

-Justin

Student two:

  1. Why is it important for employees to stay motivated in the workplace? Provide at least two ways in which motivation is achieved in your current job?

Motivation is key in nearly everything we do in life. From the time that we wake up in the morning and just have to have that cup of coffee before engaging in conversation with anybody. To the time we go to bed and perform our nightly rituals by taking a bath, brushing our teeth, and getting changed into our pajamas. It’s important for many of us to get that jump start in the morning or else we’ll be dragging throughout the rest of the day. Whatever it takes to get us started in the morning will generally define how productive we’ll be for the rest of the day. And when we are motivated, productivity will be high. High productivity is essential in helping a business progress. Two ways in which motivation is achieved in my job can come in a variety of ways. For one, some people crave attention and recognition. For that the US Army has different levels of awards. These kinds of awards can range anywhere from a coin or certificate of appreciation, all the way up the Medal of Honor or Purple Heart. A second form of motivation in the US Army is something that many wouldn’t normally think of: Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) action (in the form of what’s called: Article 15). In a nutshell, an Article 15 comes in a couple of different ‘flavors’ but that’s another topic in itself. The reason why I mentioned Article 15 is that it is a deterrent in keeping Soldiers in line by letting them know that if they mess up then could potentially lose rank, money, and personal time.

2. Security policies such as an email policy or acceptable use policy are written by the CIO or member or the IT department. If you were in charge of writing security policies how would you convince upper management, who usually knows very little about technology, to implement the new policies?

If I were in charge of writing security policies and had to convince upper management to implement new policies I would first have to have a meeting with them and present a presentation slide show. In the slide show I would make sure to keep the technical jargon and abbreviations to a bare minimum so as not to confuse any of them. Next, I would keep everything short and concise. For example, presenting only the facts and keep the extra details out. Some of the items I would make sure to review would be how the company defines proper use of its computers and networks, discuss the unacceptable uses and consequences of misuse of the computer systems. Some other things that I would ensure to go over would be things like:

  • Managing passwords
  • Email etiquette
  • Noncompliance consequences

The bottom line would be making sure that upper management knows that letting their employees know the left and right limits of their work space (Johnson, 2015). This would be to ensure that all employees have no excuse for misusing company computers and know the consequences of violating these policies.

From my reading of the Founding Fathers, I chose to read about Abraham Baldwin from Georgia. He was one of 12 children. His father was a blacksmith who married twice. One thing that I found amazing was how Abraham’s father took on a large debt just to ensure his children were properly educated. And it paid off in that one of the half-brother’s of Abraham went on to become an Associate Justice for the U.S. Supreme Court. Abraham on the other hand, went to Yale and graduated in 1772. He decided to stay at Yale as a tutor until 1779. He then served in the Revolutionary Army as a chaplain. After the war, he decided not to go back to Yale, instead he studied law and became a lawyer in 1783. After being elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, Baldwin introduced an educational plan that helped start up the University of Georgia (UGA) and later became the first state-chartered educational institution. UGA ran on State funds and assured that students had the option to attend the university if they so chose to but couldn’t afford it. Baldwin designed the university based off of Yale (ConstitutionDay.com, 2019).

References

ConstitutionDay.com. (2019). The Founding Fathers. Retrieved from: https://www.constitutionday.com/baldwin-abraham-ga.html

Johnson, R. (2015). Security Policies and Implementation Issues. [VitalSource Bookshelf]. Retrieved from https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/#/books/97812840…

-Efrain